Prosecutors drop charges against Epstein jail guards

Prosecutors have dropped charges against the two jail guards who confessed to falsifying records to make it look as though they were checking on Jeffrey Epstein every 30 minutes the night he died.

Epstein, a wealthy businessman and convicted sex offender, was founding hanging in his cell in August 2019 in what authorities said was a suicide. At the time, he was awaiting trial on charges of sex trafficking.

Two guards at Manhattan’s Metropolitan Correction Center were supposed to be checking on Epstein, who was on suicide watch the month before his death, every 30 minutes on the night of Aug. 10.

That’s not what they did, prosecutors said earlier this year. Still, prosecutors agreed to drop the charges against both guards as part of an agreement reached in May that required them to perform community service and cooperate with federal investigators’ investigation into the events surrounding Epstein’s death.

“In a Thursday filing in Manhattan federal court, prosecutors asked a judge to dismiss claims against Tova Noel and Michael Thomas, after both complied with the six-month deferred prosecution agreements they agreed to in May,” Reuters reported.

“Noel and Thomas were accused of falling asleep and surfing the internet that night rather than checking on Epstein every 30 minutes,” the outlet added. “Both admitted to having ‘willfully and knowingly’ falsified records to make it seem they were monitoring Epstein properly.”

In May, Republican Sen. Sasse of Nebraska had harsh words for the deferred prosecution agreement.

“Apparently the Justice Department hasn’t finished embarrassing itself yet,” he said in a statement. “This is unacceptable. Epstein’s victims have been failed at every single turn. One hundred hours of community service is a joke — this isn’t traffic court.

“The leader of an international child sex trafficking ring escaped justice, his co-conspirators had their secrets go to the grave with him, and these guards are going to be picking up trash on the side of the road,” the GOP senator added.

“The public deserves a full report of the Bureau of Prisons’ failures and Main Justice needs to redouble its work to bring every one of Epstein’s co-conspirators to justice.”

Prosecutors’ move to officially dismiss the charges against both guards came the same week a jury found Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell guilty on five criminal charges after authorities accused her of close involvement in a sex trafficking scheme.

“Prosecutors alleged that Maxwell played a ‘key role’ in a multi-state sex trafficking scheme in which she allegedly ‘befriended’ and later ‘enticed and groomed multiple minor girls to engage in sex acts with Epstein’ and was also, at times, ‘present for and involved’ in the abuse herself,” ABC News reported.