Two Correctional Officers Indicted In Connection With Jeffrey Epstein's Death

Correctional Officers Michael Tomas and Tova Noel are expected to appear in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.

Manhattan, NY – The two correctional officers who were tasked with guarding billionaire Jeffrey Epstein on the night he died have been criminally charged in connection with his death.

A source familiar with the case said that the two federal Bureau of Prisons correctional officers were arrested early on Tuesday, but other sources later told the paper that the arrests would not be carried out until later in the day, The New York Times reported.

The employees, who have been identified as Michael Thomas and Tova Noel, are expected to appear in U.S. District Court in Manhattan on multiple charges.

Correctional Officer Thomas has been charged with conspiracy and two counts of false records, according to CNBC.

Correctional Officer Noel has been charged with conspiracy and four counts of false records.

According to the indictment, the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) correctional officers “sat at their desk, browsed the internet, and moved around the common area” instead of carrying out their mandated prisoner checks on the night Epstein died, The New York Times reported.

“For a period of approximately two hours, Noel and Thomas sat at their desk without moving, and appeared to have been asleep,” the indictment read, according to CNBC.

They then allegedly falsified prison documents, and claimed to have checked on inmates when they really hadn’t.

“The defendants had a duty to ensure the safety and security of federal inmates in their care at the Metropolitan Correctional Center,” U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said in a statement. “Instead, they repeatedly failed to conduct mandated checks on inmates and lied on official forms to hide their dereliction.”

Both correctional officers allegedly confessed to having shirked their duties during a conversation with a supervisor following Epstein’s death, CNBC reported.

“Epstein hung himself,” Correctional Officer Noel told the supervisor, according to the indictment. “We did not complete the 3 a.m. [nor] 5 a.m. rounds.”

“We messed up,” Correctional Officer Thomas allegedly added. “I messed up – she’s not to blame. We didn’t do any rounds.”

According to sources familiar with the case, the two correctional officers were recently offered plea deals after they were advised that federal prosecutors were preparing to file charges against them for allegedly fabricating official prison log entries, the Associated Press reported.

Both employees turned down the plea offers.

On Nov. 4, Bureau of Prisons Director Kathleen Hawk Sawyer issued an internal memo addressing the apparent widespread falsification of prison logs.

“Falsification of information in government systems and documents is also a violation of policy, and may be subject to criminal prosecution as well,” Hawk Sawyer noted.

The bureau director also said that employees who are indicted by a grand jury will be immediately placed on unpaid suspension pending the outcome of their cases.

(MCC) correctional officers found the 66-year-old Tier 3 sex offender hanging in his cell at around 6:30 a.m. on Aug. 10, according to ABC News.

Epstein was transported to New York Downtown Hospital in cardiac arrest before he was declared dead.

The billionaire had been jailed while facing charges for sexually abusing and trafficking children.

Epstein had been placed on a suicide watch after authorities believed he tried to kill himself on July 23, shortly after he was denied bail, The New York Times reported.

He was taken off suicide watch just six days later and returned to the cell he shared with another prisoner in 9 South, a special housing unit (SHU) inside the MCC.

But his roommate was removed from his cell a short time later.

Despite the fact that it is protocol to put a prisoner who has just been taken off suicide watch in a cell with another prisoner, Epstein didn’t get a new roommate before he allegedly killed himself, The New York Times reported.

Two prison officials have said that the staff members on duty the night Epstein tried to kill himself were supposed to be checking on him every 30 minutes, but had not looked in on him for three hours before he was found hanging.

Officials said that the employees had falsely recorded checks every 30 minutes in the logbook.

Three different officials told The New York Times that both employees had been asleep some, or all, of the three-hour period that preceded them finding Epstein hanging from his upper bunk by a bedsheet.

Epstein, who was closely associated with former President Bill Clinton, was facing countless charges for incidents with underage girls in his various homes and on his private jet known as the “Lolita Express.”

His death was anything but clear-cut.

Authorities said Epstein was found hanging from a noose fashioned from bedsheets, tied to the side of his bed, and after an initial delay, the medical examiner ruled the death a suicide.

But a highly-respected pathologist hired by the billionaire’s family to observe the autopsy said late in October that the medical evidence suggested homicide was far more likely than suicide in Epstein’s case.

Former New York City Medical Examiner Dr. Michael Baden told FOX News Epstein had two fractures on the left and right sides of his larynx, specifically the thyroid cartilage or Adam’s apple, as well as one fracture on the left hyoid bone above the Adam’s apple.

“Those three fractures are extremely unusual in suicidal hangings and could occur much more commonly in homicidal strangulation,” the former medical examiner said. “I’ve not seen in 50 years where that occurred in a suicidal hanging case.”

The famous forensic pathologist has examined more than 20,000 bodies during his career, and said too many questions remained to call Epstein’s death a suicide.

“I think that the evidence points toward homicide rather than suicide because there are multiple, three fractures in the hyoid bone thyroid cartilage that are very unusual for suicide and more indicative of strangulation, homicidal strangulation,” Baden told FOX News.

The doctor said “hanging does not cause these broken bones, and homicide does.”

He stopped short of blatantly calling the medical examiner’s ruling wrong.

“It appears that this could have been a mistake,” Baden said. “There’s evidence here of homicide that should be investigated, to see if it is or isn’t homicide.”

That, on top of the fact that Epstein was left alone in his cell, the surveillance cameras nearby stopped working at the time of his death, and the guards on duty claim to have been napping when he died, has inspired a justified conspiracy theory that has become a viral social media phenomenon.

Baden said that the combination of security failures was something that he had never seen in 50 years of investigating and called the scenario “extremely unlikely.”

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DR226
DR226

Hope these so called guards are convicted and receive lengthy prison sentences and lose everything that the tax payers have invested in them, such as pension and any benefits.

Bonneville Kid
Bonneville Kid

Maybe these charges will prompt the "guards" to sing about what really happened that night? That could put them on the Clinton hit list tho.

thecatinmybed
thecatinmybed

If you're like me, you already have an image of the two guards in your mind. And most likely it's spot on accurate.

sheepdog73
sheepdog73

Mug shots or it didn’t happen.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Maybe the Clinton people will pay the defendants to say Jeffrey was murdered by the Trump people.

frog1211
frog1211

They're scapegoats for the Clintons. Too many things going wrong at the same time for it to be suicide. Also, they were offered a plea deal and didn't take it. What "guilty" person wouldn't take the deal.

Tomted
Tomted

Dirtbag child molester dead. Who cares how.

kjml
kjml

So, I'm working on a movie script for this farce.... Will the two guards get a big pay off, for taking the fall? Or, are they getting a "slap on the wrist" for committing murder? Did they need to goof off, for 3 hours, in order to give someone else access? (And who might that have been?) Who disabled the cameras? IF Epstein committed suicide, how did he learn to tie paper sheets so as to support his weight, not to mention breaking bones and cartilage in his neck? Why, after all the evil and horror he has caused, without shame or regret, would he bother? I have so many questions! Bet you do, too!

TONYAPARNELL
TONYAPARNELL

HAPPENS A LOT ON THESE JOBS

Mo_
Mo_

No way! FINALLY!!!

vwiles34
vwiles34

Unfortunately, I must admit that when I was a correction officer I saw people fall asleep on the job at night when all the inmates were locked in their cell and it was really quiet and hot in the control rooms they were in. But I never saw two officers in the same place fall asleep. And I'm curious how no one noticed them going so long without making their rounds. There are supposed to be safeguards to keep this from happening. It looks like a major breakdown in the facility from the top down. And though I'm not at all saddened at the death of this POS it does shed a bad light on the Federal DOC.

John Q Citizen
John Q Citizen

So who offered them plea deals and what were the specifics ? It was reported elsewhere that the security cameras showed them not performing their duties for longer than three hours. I guess these cameras don't show the entire layout of the floor, and who might have been seen that shouldn't have been in the area ? Still too many unanswered questions.

Popcop.M1
Popcop.M1

If I was one of the CO's I would DEMAND, absolute physical evidence that he is in fact dead.

JG001
JG001

Epstein was eliminated BEFORE he could ID anyone. Was removed from suicide watch and placed in a cell with another prisoner. The prisoner was removed a short time later and now Epstein has allegedly committed suicide ...... HOW CONVENIENT!

Tglock
Tglock

Yeah Epstein commited suicide just like Anthony Bourdain did! Both suicided by the Clinton's! or their associates. Epstein had so much dirt on so many rich and famous people that he could not wait to make his plea bargain.