Two jail workers arrested in Epstein death investigation

Cheryl Sanders
November 19, 2019

Two workers who were on-duty when Jeffrey Epstein reportedly killed himself inside his jail cell are expected to be arrested Tuesday in connection with falsified records indicating they had followed the correct protocol for monitoring inmates, the New York Times first reported.

The criminal charges against Epstein were dropped after his death, though authorities are still investigating potential co-conspirators. He was awaiting trial for sex trafficking charges.

Tova Noel and Michael Thomas are accused of making false statements in jail logs to show they checked on Epstein and other detainees when they did not, according to an indictment filed Tuesday by federal prosecutors with the Southern District of NY.

On Friday, the Associated Press reported that the Department of Justice is reportedly considering criminal charges against the two guards, offering them a plea deal. 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 when Epstein was found.

U.S. Attorney General William Barr, who ordered the reassignment of Metropolitan Correctional Center's warden and the leave of the two guards following the financier's death, has pledged a thorough investigation. A forensic pathologist hired by Epstein's brother suggested that the fatal injury could be consistent with being strangled.

Those allegations are still being pursued even after his death. He was charged with one count of sex trafficking conspiracy and one count of sex trafficking and faced up to 45 years in prison if found guilty.

New York-born Epstein worked as a teacher before moving into finance.

Prince Andrew was good friends with Jeffrey Epstein.

Epstein had been placed on suicide watch after he was found July 23 on the floor of his cell with a strip of bed-sheet around his neck. Multiple people familiar with operations at the jail have said Epstein was 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. These arrests are important, but they're not the end of this: "These guards aren't the only ones who should stand trial - every one of Jeffrey Epstein's co-conspirators should be spending the rest of their lives behind bars".

Each count carries a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison.

The Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in Lower Manhattan has been short-staffed, and ailing from budget cuts similar to those seen at Bureau of Prisons facilities around the country, according to the New York Daily News.

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