New York (CBSNewYork) — Matthew Matagrano sneaked into at least five New York City jails and prisons earlier this year, prosecutors said. Now, he’ll spend 10 years inside one as an inmate.
The 37-year-old sex offender was sentenced Thursday for posing as a Department of Corrections investigator, illegally gaining access to a jail and sexually assaulting an inmate, WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reported.
In February, Matagrano, of Yonkers, used a phony Department of Corrections badge to infiltrate the jails, including Rikers Island and the Manhattan Detention Center, also known as The Tombs, prosecutors said. Once inside, he allegedly roamed at will, chatted with inmates, handed out cigarettes and visited with security officials while stealing $5,000 worth of their equipment, including a $2,500 walkie-talkie. Matagrano also admitted to groping an inmate during a strip search at The Tombs.