Ex-Con Accused of Sneaking Back into Jail Faces New Sex Charges

Matthew Matagrano was previously charged with impersonating a Department of Corrections investigator

Monday, Jul 15, 2013  |  Updated 7:36 AM PDT
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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 man accused of repeatedly using phony credentials to gain entry into Rikers Island and other New York City jails is facing sex charges allegedly committed during the break-ins.

A new criminal complaint accuses Matthew Matagrano of groping and strip-searching an inmate during one of those visits on Feb. 27, according to the New York Daily News.

Court papers say Matagrano ordered his victim into a cell and forced the man to strip and be searched. The inmate filed a complaint, resulting in the new charge of burglary as a sexually motivated felony.

The complaint says the 36-year-old Matagrano was "pretending to be an investigator from the Intelligence Unit."

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The News says the Department of Correction didn't respond to a request for comment.

Matagrano, a former inmate, was previously indicted for burglary, criminal impersonation and other charges. He pleaded not guilty.

Matagrano is a registered sex offender with a lengthy rap sheet that includes convictions for sodomy and sexual abuse. He had previously been caught posing as a Board of Education worker to enter two schools and rifle through student files. In 2004, he pleaded guilty to attempted burglary in connection with that case.  

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