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Jul 31, 2020

Corrections Officer Gets Probation for Sexual Contact with Inmate

Monmouth County Corrections Officer Thomas J. Mauro, 42, of Beachwood, has been sentenced to two years probation for engaging in sexual contact with an inmate at the Monmouth County Correctional Institution last year.

The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office stated, “Although the state argued that Mauro should be incarcerated for 180 days in jail, Judge [Vincent] Falcetano instead suspended the imposition of any jail term on the defendant, indicating he would serve the 180 days if he violated his probation.”

Mauro pled guilty to fourth-degree criminal sexual contact in May.

He had to forfeit his job and is prohibited from public office in the future.

As terms of his probation, Mauro must maintain full-time employment, while being subject to substance abuse and mental health evaluations. He must follow all recommendations put forth by counselors and attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, as ordered by Falcetano.

The involved party was a 31-year-old female inmate from Neptune City. In video footage recorded in the prison in April 2019, the inmate is seen entering a bathroom which was exclusively reserved for Monmouth County Correctional Institution staff. Minutes later, Mauro is seen entering the bathroom. It has been confirmed that they engaged in sexual contact. Each exits the bathroom separately.

An investigation revealed that the inmate and Mauro were in a relationship in 2013, before the woman was an inmate at the facility.

“Regardless of any prior relationship, such sexual contact is prohibited by law,” prosecutors said. “A correction officer’s power and authority over an inmate invalidates any possible consent that an inmate could provide.”

Christopher J. Gramiccioni added, “Law enforcement officers have an obligation to maintain the public’s trust that they are conducting themselves at the highest standards. Corrections officers have the added obligation to ensure that they are maintaining an environment free of the abuse demonstrated in this case.”