According to Tuesday's indictment, the two guards allegedly "repeatedly failed to complete mandated counts of prisoners under their watch" in the Metropolitan Correctional Center's special housing unit.
According to the indictment, Noel and Thomas failed to properly monitor Epstein in the final hours before he killed himself, and no guard checked on Epstein in the eight hours before he was found unresponsive. The indictment unsealed after their arrests on Tuesday alleged that Noel and Thomas falsified logs to "conceal their failures to perform their duties".
Sawyer's comments came during her appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee. He'd pleaded not guilty to the charges.
It's about the fact that Epstein "wasn't able to testify against his other co-conspirators", Sasse said.
Epstein, 66, the wealthy financier who faced sex-trafficking charges at the time of his death, was awaiting trial in a case that, if he was convicted, could have resulted in a decades-long prison sentence.
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Epstein was a multi-millionaire hedge fund manager who hobnobbed with countless celebrities over the years, including Britain's Prince Andrew and US President Donald Trump.
"The FBI is involved and they are looking at criminal enterprise, yes", Sawyer replied. Women who were teenagers in the early 2000s have alleged that they were trafficked to older men by Epstein or his associates.
The outlet reported that the two unnamed guards were arrested after reportedly failing to check on Epstein, who was placed on suicide watch in July, just weeks before reportedly taking his own life.
Federal Bureau of Prisons Director Kathleen Hawk Sawyer in a 2001 file photograph.
Noel and Thomas are accused of failing to check on Epstein every half hour, as required, and of falsifying prison logs to make it appear that they had been monitoring the Palm Beach multimillionaire and sex offender on August 9 and 10.
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Even with his death, federal prosecutors in NY have continued to investigate the allegations against Epstein.
Prosecutors said Noel and Thomas, the only correctional officers on duty in Epstein's unit, appeared to have fallen asleep for two hours during their shift. And don't rush it so that they don't do a thorough investigation.
Sawyer emphasized that the overwhelming majority of Federal Bureau of Prisons employees, totally more than 35,000, were diligent, but she was acutely aware that was not true of everyone.
At the time of his death, Epstein was perhaps the highest-profile inmate in the country, and his apparent suicide sparked an investigation by the Manhattan US Attorney's office into the circumstances of his death as well as public outcry about oversight at the federal prison.
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Prison workers' union official Jose Rojas told The Times that while he does not condone falsifying the records, the two prison staff members are nothing more than patsies in Epstein's death.