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Ex-Inmate Admits Sneaking Back Into Prison
A convicted sex offender has pleaded guilty to repeatedly using phony credentials to gain entry to some of New York City's prisons.
The New York Post reports that 36-year-old Yonkers resident Matthew Matagrano pleaded guilty to posing as a correction officer and sneaking into the Manhattan Detention Center.
During one of those visits, on February 27, Matagrano assaulted an inmate and stole a $2,500 walkie-talkie. He also handed out cigarettes to inmates.
Officials claim he also used a badge and ID card to get into Rikers Island prison and roam around the for at least a week.
It is not clear why the former inmate, whose previous convictions include sodomy and sexual abuse, wanted to get back into the jails.
He has also previously been caught posing as a Board of Education worker to enter schools.
Matagrano apparently raised suspicions of other prison guards when he began moving inmates from one cell to another.
He now faces 10 years behind bars when he is sentenced.