The two staffers at Manhattan’s Metropolitan Correctional Center tasked with watching accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein on the day of his death falsely recorded that they had checked in on him every 30 minutes, The New York Times reports. An unnamed prison official told the Times the two guards were sleeping, and Epstein was reportedly not checked on for about three hours before he was found dead. A source cited by the Associated Press said surveillance footage showed the guards had failed to make some of the checks recorded in the logs. This comes after the two guards were placed on administrative leave pending investigations by the FBI and the Justice Department’s inspector general. The MCC’s warden was also temporarily reassigned. Epstein, who was arrested for allegedly sex trafficking dozens of minors, is thought to have died by apparent suicide inside his cell.
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