Charges Dropped Against Jeffrey Epstein’s Guards

( Last week, Manhattan Federal judge Analisa Torres ordered the charges dropped against Jeffrey Epstein’s prison guards. And naturally, the conspiracy theorists online have grabbed at the news as proof that something nefarious is going on.

Nothing nefarious is going on.

Back in May, the guards, Tova Noel and Michael Thomas were given a “deferred prosecution” deal after admitting to falsifying records after Jeffrey Epstein committed suicide on their watch.

Under the deferred prosecution deal Noel and Thomas had to admit their guilt with the understanding that the charges against them would be dropped after six months provided they perform 100 hours of community service and manage to keep their nose clean.

They fulfilled their community service and kept their nose clean, so the prosecution asked that the charges be dropped and the judge dropped the charges.

That’s it. That’s the story.

But the people who want to find a conspiracy theory under every rock wasted no time claiming that the judge dropping the charges a week after Ghislaine Maxwell was found guilty of sex trafficking was no coincidence.

Spoiler alert: It was a coincidence.

In May, Noel and Thomas admitted to falsifying records to cover up the fact that they failed to make their scheduled 30-minute rounds on the night of August 10, 2019, when Epstein killed himself. Instead of doing their scheduled checks on Epstein, Noel and Thomas spent their time napping at their desks and surfing the internet.

Under the plea agreement with prosecutors and approved by judge Torres, both Noel and Thomas had to undergo supervised release, do their community service, and agree to cooperate with the DOJ inspector general investigating Epstein’s death. Their prosecution would then be deferred for a period of six months. Judge Torres said at the time that the plea agreement would give them the chance to avoid prosecution.

And they avoided prosecution.

There is no conspiracy, no grand plan. It just so happened that the six months ended at the same time Maxwell was convicted.

Tova Noel is still facing administrative proceedings with the Bureau of Prisons.

The Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan was “temporarily” closed in August of last year. It has not reopened.