Federal prosecutors have decided not to move forward with charges against the two prison guards who failed to perform their duties on the night that convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein died in his New York jail cell, the New York Post reported Thursday.
The prosecutors moved Thursday to dismiss their case after what the Post described as a “six-month deferred prosecution deal reached in May that kept the two jailers out of jail.”
The Post added in its report that the guards, identified as Tova Noel and Michael Thomas, “instead each agreed to complete 100 hours of community service and to cooperate with federal investigators’ probe into Epstein’s death.”
Noel and Thomas both worked at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City, where Epstein was being held in 2019 on charges related to sex trafficking.
As the Post reports, the guards were tasked with checking on Epstein and other prisoners in their section of the jail every so often. Epstein, for his part, had been on suicide watch.
Instead, prosecutors said the pair falsified records and spent their time shopping online and even sleeping.
The next morning, Epstein was found in his jail cell dead. An official investigation ruled his death a suicide.
Prosecutors later charged Noel and Thomas for failing to perform their duties as jail guards, and the two pleaded guilty to falsifying prison records. But now, it seems they’re off the hook.
Maxwell found guilty
The decision to drop the case against Noel and Thomas comes just days after a jury found longtime Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell guilty of five out of the six charges she faced related to conspiring to recruit, groom, and sexually abuse young girls. Maxwell was also found guilty of “conspiring to entice minors to travel across state lines to engage in illegal sexual activity and conspiring to sex traffic minors,” the Daily Caller reported.
“She was a sophisticated predator who knew exactly what she was doing,” Alison Moe, a prosecutor in the case against Maxwell, told reporters, according to the Daily Caller. “When you’re with someone for 11 years, you know what they like.”
Maxwell is expected to appeal her convictions, according to the Post. Her attorneys have argued that Maxwell’s actions were not criminal.
“She’s being tried here for being with Jeffrey Epstein, and maybe that was the biggest mistake of her life, but it was not a crime,” defense lawyer Laura Menninger said, as the Daily Caller reported.