2 Epstein jail guards arrested on federal charges

Prosecutors on Tuesday accused two guards accused of falsifying records.
1:59 | 11/20/19

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evening, two guards on duty at the jail where accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein died, have now been arrested on federal charges. You'll remember in August Epstein was found unresponsive in his cell at 6:30 in the morning. Well, tonight, what security cameras show what the guards were doing in the hours before he died. Here's ABC's Eva pill 2k3wri78. Reporter: Tonight, the two guards on duty the night Jeffrey Epstein died by suicide facing criminal charges. Tova Noel and Michael Thomas are accused repeatedly failing to conduct 30-minute inmate checks and of falsifying jail records to make it look like they had. Thomas allegedly telling a supervisor, "We messed up. We didn't do any rounds." Prosecutors say video surveillance shows the guards "Sat their desk and appeared to have been asleep," at times browsing the internet for furniture and motorcycles. Epstein had just been removed from suicide watch, but was left for eight hours before he was found with "With a noose around his neck." Those guards have pleaded not guilty. Their union blaming staff shortages. Today, the director of the brur roe of prisons grilled Epstein's Do you concur with the opinion that it was a suicide? That was the finding of the coroner, sir. Okay. Do you have any evidence to suggest otherwise? I do not. Reporter: The pathologist hired by Epstein's family to investigate has said that the evidence points to homicide. Federal prosecutors say security footage shows no one entered the area where Epstein was housed that night. So, let's get to Eva pilgrim with us tonight live, and you mention the surveillance. Epstein was obviously a high profile inmate. Authorities knew this at the time. And yet, at the time of his death, people were asking, why wasn't there surveillance on his actual cell, a camera there? Reporter: Well, cameras cover the hallways of the jail here, David. The only time that Epstein would have been monitored by cameras around the clock was while he was on suicide watch. David? Eva pilgrim with us tonight. Eva, thank you.

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