Epstein death: two prison guards put on leave, warden reassigned

The warden of the Metropolitan Correctional Center, pictured here, has been temporarily reassigned and two guards put on leave following the apparent suicide of convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein (AFP Photo/Don Emmert)

Washington (AFP) - The warden of the New York prison where convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein apparently committed suicide has been temporarily reassigned and two guards put on leave, the Justice Department said Tuesday.

Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said the two guards placed on administrative leave by the Bureau of Prisons had been assigned to Epstein's unit at the Metropolitan Correction Center.

"Additional actions may be taken as the circumstances warrant," Kupec said in a statement.

Epstein, 66, was found dead in his cell on Saturday morning and US authorities have pledged to conduct a full investigation into his death, which has been classified as an apparent suicide.

The multi-millionaire, who hobnobbed with numerous politicians and celebrities over the years, was awaiting trial on federal charges he trafficked underage girls for sex.