That night, Ms. Noel and Mr. Thomas had been each working time beyond regulation shifts. Ms. Noel had been working as a correction officer in the Manhattan jail since 2016. Mr. Thomas began there as a correction officer in 2007, and although he was assigned to a different place inside the jail in 2013, he ceaselessly labored time beyond regulation shifts as an officer, the indictment stated.
Mr. Epstein was escorted into his cell by Ms. Noel and one other guard shortly earlier than eight p.m., based on the indictment. By 10 p.m., inmates had been locked of their cells for the evening. At round 10:30 p.m., surveillance footage confirmed Ms. Noel strolling as much as the solely door to the cluster of cells the place Mr. Epstein was housed, the indictment stated. Over the subsequent few hours, no person approached the wing, together with Ms. Noel and Mr. Thomas. They had been presupposed to verify in on Mr. Epstein and different inmates each half-hour.
But as an alternative of monitoring detainees, the two “sat at their desk, browsed the internet and moved around the common area,” the indictment stated. They then signed “count sheets” saying that they had checked on inmates a number of occasions in a single day after they had not.
The subsequent morning, when Ms. Noel and Mr. Thomas entered Mr. Epstein’s cell, they discovered him unresponsive “with a noose around his neck,” based on the indictment. When a supervisor arrived, the guards admitted that they had not correctly carried out their duties.
“We did not complete the 3 a.m. nor 5 a.m. rounds,” Ms. Noel stated, based on the indictment.
Mr. Thomas stated, “She’s not to blame, we didn’t do any rounds.”
The director of the Bureau of Prisons, Kathleen Hawk Sawyer, stated in an announcement that the company was taking the allegations of misconduct “very seriously” and that they “will be responded to appropriately.”
The Bureau of Prisons has accomplished its personal inside audit of whether or not procedures had been adopted at the Manhattan jail and the conduct of its employees, however the outcomes will not be anticipated to be publicly launched, based on folks acquainted with the audit.
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