Before Jeffrey Epstein waltzed into the world of finance, he was brought on staff at the Dalton School in 1974 by none other than Attorney General William Barr’s father, Donald Barr.
When the senior Barr became headmaster at the school, which previously “had been a progressive haven for the children of artists and writers,” The New York Times reported, his goal was to beef up Dalton’s academics and put in place a strict code of conduct.
But when it came to hiring teachers, Barr looked for those who came from unconventional backgrounds. Former teacher Susan Semel told the Times, “Barr didn’t care about credentials as long as you were interesting and knew your stuff.”
Epstein must have fit the bill. At the age of 21 and with no college degree, the now-deceased accused sex trafficker came to Dalton as a math and physics teacher in late 1974, not long before Barr resigned his post as headmaster.
As a teacher at the school, he gained a reputation as a “charismatic, young teacher who at times acted more like a friend than an authority figure to students.”
While some former students offered glowing reviews of Epstein as a teacher, others indicated that he engaged in inappropriate behaviors, such as flirting with female students.
“There was a real clarity of the inappropriateness of the behavior — that this isn’t how adult male teachers conduct themselves,” Millicent Young, a 1976 graduate of the school, told the Times.
When Epstein was finally asked to leave Dalton, it was not due to concerns over his behavior toward students.
Peter Branch, the interim headmaster following Barr’s departure who later headed the high school, said that Epstein simply was not a good enough teacher to keep on board.
“Epstein was a young teacher who didn’t come up to snuff,” Branch said. “So, ultimately, he was asked to leave.”
On Saturday, numerous media outlets reported that Epstein had ended his life while in jail, where he faced new charges related to sex trafficking and the abuse of teenage girls.