WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 (EUROPE PRESS) –
Two jail guards where tycoon Jeffrey Epstein committed suicide, accused of sexually abusing minors, have been formally charged for failing to carry out the appropriate checks in the cell and falsifying prison documents to make them believe they had complied with their work.
The Prosecutor's Office announced on Tuesday the start of a criminal procedure against the two guards, identified as Tova Noel and Michael Thomas. Both have already been temporarily removed from their respective posts, pending further investigations.
Epstein was found dead in a New York jail on August 10. Although a protocol to prevent suicides had been activated for him, and that he was theoretically under surveillance every 30 minutes, he finally hanged himself inside his cell, according to the medical report.
The Prosecutor's Office has assured that between 22.30 on August 9 and 6.30 on August 10 – now that the body was found -, the appropriate checks were not carried out by Noel and Thomas, who instead ” they sat at their table, surfed the Internet and walked through the common areas, “according to the CBS network.
“They failed to carry out the checks they were obliged on inmates and lied in official documents to hide their negligence,” prosecutor Geoffrey S. Berman said in the statement.