WPTV by Merris Badcock
September 21, 2019
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – What some say happened inside a high rise off Australian Ave. in West Palm Beach haunts a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Deputy.
“Could it have happened when I was supposed to be monitoring him? Yes,” the deputy told Contact 5 investigator Merris Badcock, in an exclusive interview. “That kind of tugs at your heartstrings.”
This is the first deputy to come forward to the media with information about convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, and his incarceration under PBSO’s watch.
The deputy asked to remain anonymous.
“I have seen it firsthand,” said the deputy. “When you go against the grain, if you rock the boat, if you raise your voice about something that you don’t think is on the up-and-up, the Sheriff’s Office is very vindictive.”
This deputy was one of dozens in charge of guarding Epstein while he was on work release in 2008 and 2009. Records provided by PBSO show, despite Epstein’s status as a convicted sex offender, the part-time Palm Beacher was given work release privileges and allowed to spend 12 hours a day, six days a week outside his jail cell.