The 2 officers responsible for guarding Jeffrey Epstein the night of his suicide have been arrested

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Jeffrey Epstein was arrested Saturday evening on charges of sex trafficking of minors.

  • The two guards who were on duty the night of Jeffrey Epstein's suicide in a Manhattan jail were arrested on Tuesday, a source told The New York Times.
  • The Times reported that the two prison employees would get federal charges, and are accused of failing to check in on Epstein.
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Two guards who were on duty the night Jeffrey Epstein died by suicide were arrested on Tuesday, a source told The New York Times.

The Times reported that the two Federal Bureau of Prisons employees would be federally charged, and are accused of failing to check in on Epstein the night of his death.

Sources with knowledge of the matter told the newspaper that the guards were supposed to check in on Epstein every half-hour, but alleged that instead they fell asleep and falsified documents after.

Epstein was being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan while he awaited trial on sex-trafficking charges.

After Epstein's death, a criminal inquiry was launched, and these are the first arrests to spring from that investigation.

This story is developing. Check back for updates.

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