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Eight Hours Unchecked
Two prison guards who were on duty the night billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein mysteriously died in a New York jail cell have been charged with conspiracy and records falsification on Tuesday in connection with their failure to check in on him. The indictment revealed huge lapses in security at the Manhattan jail while Epstein was being held.
According to the unsealed indictments, the same two correctional officers found Epstein’s body around 6:30 am on August 10th, 8 hours after a routine check was done on any inmate in the secure housing unit of the Metropolitan Correctional Center.
The correctional officers, Tova Noel and Michael Thomas, had failed to check on Epstein every 30 minutes as required by protocol, and both of the cameras outside of his jail cell had malfunctioned, making for a very questionable situation. The two were each charged with one count of conspiring to defraud the US and conspiracy to make false records. Noel was charged with five counts of making false records and Thomas with three counts of making false records.
Not Doing Their Job
Allegedly, the two officers had spent “substantial portions of their shifts” at their own desks, mere feet away from Epstein’s cell. Instead of focusing on the matter at hand, they were browsing the internet, visiting in the common area, and sleeping. They both falsely signed records stating they had checked in on the prisoner multiple times.
Last week the pair of officials rejected a deal that would have had them plead guilty to charges of records falsification.
According to the cameras in the facility that were operational, the surveillance system shows that the defendants did not perform counts at midnight, 3 am, or 5 am, nor did they perform any of the required 30 minute rounds during their shifts, according to the indictment.
The newly appointed federal Bureau of Prisons Director Kathleen Hawk Sawyer said she had seen no evidence that would contradict the New York City medical examiner’s office that Epstein had died of a suicide hanging. She had little else to say, but did convey that bureau employees who fail to do their jobs would be held accountable.