US Probing ‘Serious Irregularities’ at Jail Where Accused Sex Offender Epstein Died - Barr

© AP Photo / Elizabeth WilliamsIn this courtroom artist's sketch, defendant Jeffrey Epstein, center, sits with attorneys Martin Weinberg, left, and Marc Fernich during his arraignment in New York federal court, Monday, July 8, 2019. Epstein pleaded not guilty to federal sex trafficking charges. The 66-year-old is accused of creating and maintaining a network that allowed him to sexually exploit and abuse dozens of underage girls from 2002 to 2005.
In this courtroom artist's sketch, defendant Jeffrey Epstein, center, sits with attorneys Martin Weinberg, left, and Marc Fernich during his arraignment in New York federal court, Monday, July 8, 2019. Epstein pleaded not guilty to federal sex trafficking charges. The 66-year-old is accused of creating and maintaining a network that allowed him to sexually exploit and abuse dozens of underage girls from 2002 to 2005. - Sputnik International
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US Attorney General William Barr said that the Department of Justice has learned of "serious irregularities" at the federal jail in New York, where accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein allegedly killed himself on 10 August.

"We are now learning of serious irregularities at this facility that are deeply concerning and demand a thorough investigation", Barr said. "The FBI and the Office of the Inspector General are doing just that. We will get to the bottom of what happened and there will be accountability".

Barr said that he was appalled and angry when he learned of the Metropolitan Correctional Centre's failure to adequately secure Epstein.

The US Attorney General further said that the case will continue on against anyone who was complicit with Epstein in the alleged sex trafficking crimes.

"Any co-conspirators should not rest easy", Barr said. "The victims deserve justice and they will get it".

The statement comes after media, citing law enforcement officers, reported on 10 August that Epstein apparently committed suicide at the prison where he had been held ahead of his pending trial on charges of sex trafficking of minors.

Police have been probing Epstein since the 2000s and detained him in 2005 for molesting an underage girl. Epstein served 13 months in custody.

In July 2019, Epstein was arrested a second time for allegedly trafficking minor girls at his mansion for sex. Some of the charges dated back to the 2000s.

Epstein pleaded not guilty to all charges against him but faced up to 45 years in prison had he been convicted.

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