Matthew Matagrano, an ex-convict, was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty last month to posing as a corrections officer and sneaking into the Manhattan Detention Center. The 37-year-old Yonkers resident mingled with inmates for hours, and in one visit assaulted an inmate and robbed him, according to ABC News on Aug. 22. The convicted sex offender was sentenced to 10 years in prison for repeatedly sneaking into NYC jails. Montagrano said one reason he did it was because the inmates were "nice" and made him "feel important".
Matagrano apparently posed as a corrections investigator, and during one visit stole $5,000 worth of their equipment and groped an inmate. He was charged with second-degree burglary and second-degree burglary as a sexually motivated felony, according to CBS New York.
The ex-con repeatedly used phony correction department credentials to gain entry into the New York City jails and prisons, and now will serve another 10 years himself.
It's not unheard of for convicts to become "institutionalized", preferring life behind bars and no longer being able to cope with life on the outside.
Usually such a person, once released, will commit some new crime in order to be sent back to prison. Perhaps that was the case here as well, since who would ever want to break back into jail after having served time?
Police statements released in a court report referenced Matagrano's explanations that he sneaked into the jails because the people inside were "nice" and made him "feel important".
Matagrano's rap sheet includes a previous conviction for sodomy and sexual abuse of a male victim under the age of 17.
He was also said to have passed out cigarettes during his jail break-ins.