Michael Thomas and Tova Noel have agreed to a plea deal with U.S. prosecutors, which means they are avoiding jail due to the falsification convictions relating to August 9.
The couple have been charged after apparently taking a nap and browsing the internet instead of keeping tabs on the millionaire pedophile throughout their shift, Liverpool Echo reports.
According to prosecutors, Thomas looked at sports news and motorcycle sales and Noel bought furniture online overnight.
Under a deferred prosecution agreement disclosed on Friday night, Noel and Thomas have admitted “willingly and knowingly” to filling out forms saying they were performing regular checks on Epstein’s cell.
The deal, which requires a judge’s approval and could be confirmed next week, will see the duo complete 100 hours of community service and serve six months of supervised release.
They must also cooperate fully with the US Department of Justice’s investigation into the death of the convicted child molester.
Financial and registered sex offender Epstein, 66, was found hanged in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in downtown Manhattan on August 10, 2019.
At the time of his death he was in pre-trial detention accused of sex trafficking.
The death of Epstein, which was ruled suicide by New York’s top medical examiner, angered then Attorney General William Barr and prompted an overhaul of Manhattan prison management.
Ben Sasse, a senator on the Senate Judiciary Committee and a vocal critic of the government’s handling of the Epstein affair, called the deal a “joke.”
In a statement, the Nebraska Republican said, “Epstein’s victims have failed at every turn. One hundred hours of community service is a joke – this is not a traffic court. “
British socialist Ghislaine Maxwell, a longtime partner of Epstein, has also denied sex trafficking offenses and accusations of providing underage girls to Epstein to sexually abuse them.
Maxwell’s attorneys have complained that guards at Brooklyn Prison where she is being held on remand regularly turn on flashlights in her cell at night, apparently to ensure her safety.
They also said Maxwell, who is due to be tried in November, was not at risk of suicide and wanted his day in court.