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Ex-Con Pleads Guilty to Sneaking into NYC Jails

Matthew Matagrano also allegedly assaulted an inmate and stole a walkie-talkie

Friday, Jul 26, 2013  |  Updated 7:50 AM EDT
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Matthew Matagrano is accused of using phony credentials to sneak into jails and mingle with inmates. Jonathan Vigliotti reports.

Matthew Matagrano is accused of using phony credentials to sneak into jails and mingle with inmates. Jonathan Vigliotti reports.

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A convicted sex offender has pleaded guilty to repeatedly using phony credentials to gain entry into New York City jails.

The 36-year-old Yonkers resident Matthew Matagrano pleaded guilty Thursday to posing as a correction officer and sneaking into the Manhattan Detention Center.

During one of those visits, on Feb. 27, Matagrano assaulted an inmate and stole a $2,500 walkie-talkie. He also handed out cigarettes to inmates.

It's not clear why the former inmate, whose rap sheet includes a conviction for sodomy and sexual abuse, wanted to get back into jails.

He faces 10 years behind bars at sentencing.

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