Questions continue to rise in the suspicious death of child sex offender and accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.
The convicted pedophile with connections to some of the most powerful people in politics in the United States and around the world was found dead in his prison cell of, what was deemed, a suicide.
Many people have suspected that Epstein was murdered and not a victim of suicide by hanging as the official coroner’s report said.
And now the guards that were on duty on the night that the child predator died could be facing charges in his death.
The corrections officers refused to take a plea deal offered by federal prosecutors in the case, which shows that The Department of Justice could be considering criminal charges, The Associated Press reported.
The existence of the plea offer signals the Justice Department is considering criminal charges in connection with the wealthy financier’s death at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York in August. The city’s medical examiner ruled Epstein’s death a suicide.
The guards on Epstein’s unit are suspected of failing to check on him every half hour, as required, and of fabricating log entries to show they had. As part of the proposed plea deal, prosecutors wanted the guards to admit they falsified the prison records, according to the people familiar with the matter. They spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not permitted to publicly discuss the investigation.
Both guards were working overtime because of staffing shortages. They have been placed on administrative leave while the FBI and the Justice Department’s inspector general investigate the circumstances surrounding Epstein’s death. The 66-year-old had been awaiting trial on charges of sexually abusing teenage girls.
Epstein was placed on suicide watch after he was found on his cell floor July 23 with bruises on his neck. Multiple people familiar with operations at the jail have said Epstein was then taken off suicide watch about a week before his death, meaning he was less closely monitored but still supposed to be checked on every 30 minutes.
Epstein’s death exposed mounting evidence that the chronically understaffed Metropolitan Correctional Center may have bungled its responsibility to keep him alive. Guards often work overtime day after day, and other employees are pressed into service as correctional officers.
Kathleen Hawk Sawyer, who became director of the Bureau of Prisons after the death of Epstein, said in a November 4 memo that falsification for records was a major issue.
“Falsification of information in government systems and documents is also a violation of policy, and may be subject to criminal prosecution as well,” she said.
And the news that the guards could ace criminal charges in the death of the sex predator comes after famed medical examiner Dr. Michael Baden said there was evidence of murder.
“I think that the evidence points to homicide rather than suicide,” he said when he appeared on “Fox & Friends” in October.
“Those three fractures are extremely unusual in suicidal hangings and could occur much more commonly in homicidal strangulation,” he said.
Baden was hired by the family of the deceased Epstein to discover what happened in his death.
Baden said that the three fractures that Epstein sustained were “rare” in the case of a hanging suicide.
“I’ve not seen in 50 years where that occurred in a suicidal hanging case,” he said.
“The prominent hemorrhage in the soft tissues of the neck next to the fractures is evidence of a fresh neck compression that could have caused the death,” he said.
He said that he was waiting for the DNA test results on the ligature, the bed sheet used to hang Epstein in his prison cell.
“Whoever it is would have their DNA all over the ligature,” the doctor said. “We don’t have those results yet.”