MONMOUTH COUNTY – A county corrections officer was sentenced after pleading guilty to engaging in sexual contact with an inmate last year.
Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni reported that Thomas J. Mauro, 42, Beachwood, will serve two years probation as part of a plea agreement.
The State argued that he should be incarcerated for 180 days, but the judge suspended the term. If Mauro violates his probation, he would then serve jail time.
In the meantime, Judge Vincent Falcetano, Jr. ordered Mauro to maintain full time employment, obtain substance abuse and mental health evaluations, follow the evaluators recommendations, and attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
He will no longer be able to hold public office.
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 Monmouth County Correctional Institution (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.