Two corrections officers who were supposed to be guarding the billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein when he killed himself in his New York City jail cell have been arrested on accusations they failed to check on him, according to reports.
The federal Bureau of Prisons employees were taken into custody on Tuesday and are to be brought to U.S. District Court in Manhattan later in the day, The New York Times reported.
The employees, who haven’t been publicly identified, were supposed to monitor Epstein in his Metropolitan Correctional Center cell as he awaited trial on federal sex trafficking charges. Instead, they allegedly fell asleep, failed to check on him for about three hours, then falsified records to hide their inattention, the Times previously reported, citing law enforcement and prison officials.
The officers turned down a plea deal that would have required them to admit that they falsified the prison records, The Associated Press reported last week.
Epstein, 66, was found dead in his cell on Aug. 10. The medical examiner ruled the death suicide.
Bureau of Prisons Director Kathleen Hawk Sawyer, in a statement to her staff earlier this month, acknowledged failures by workers and warned that such incidents “may be investigated for criminal prosecution, or for administrative disciplinary action.”