NEW YORK (August 23, 2013)--Convicted sex offender Matthew Matagrano, 36, who repeatedly used phony correction department credentials to get into New York City jails, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Matagrano pleaded guilty last month to posing as a corrections officer in order to sneak into the Manhattan Detention Center, where he mingled with inmates for hours.
During a Feb. 27 visit Matagrano assaulted an inmate and stole a $2,500 walkie-talkie.
He also handed out cigarettes to inmates.
Matagrano's rap sheet includes a conviction for sodomy and sexual abuse.
According to police statements released in court, Matagrano said he repeatedly sneaked into jails because the people inside were "nice" and made him "feel important."