A Monmouth County corrections officer pleaded guilty to charges that while on the job, he engaged in sexual contact with an inmate at the Monmouth County Correctional Institution (MCCI), Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced.
Thomas J. Mauro, 42 of Beachwood, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to the charge of fourth-degree criminal sexual contact.
In pleading guilty, Mauro admitted that last year he had sexual contact with a female inmate where he worked while she was incarcerated. He is scheduled to appear for sentencing on July 17.
“All law enforcement officers have a duty to maintain the public’s confidence that they are conducting themselves with honor and integrity,” Gramiccioni said. “Corrections officers have the added responsibility of ensuring that those who are serving sentences for breaking the law are doing so in an environment that is safe and free from the abuse of authority demonstrated in this case.”
The victim, a 31-year-old female inmate from Neptune City, was observed on April 27, 2019, entering a bathroom at the correctional facility reserved for the exclusive use of MCCI staff. Moments later, Mauro followed her into the same bathroom. While in the bathroom, Mauro engaged in sexual contact with the inmate before they each exited the bathroom separately. The investigation revealed that Mauro and the woman had a prior relationship in 2013 while the woman was not an inmate at the facility.
As part of his plea agreement, Mauro faces a recommended sentence of probation with 180 days in jail. Mauro also agreed to permanently forfeit his ability to hold public office in the state of New Jersey.
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