Jail guard gets probation for having sex with inmate

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — A judge has decided against prison for a former Monmouth County corrections officer who admitted he engaged in sexual activities with an inmate who was his former girlfriend.

The judge on Tuesday instead sentenced Thomas Mauro, 42, of Beachwood, to two years probation and ordered him to maintain full-time employment and obtain substance abuse and mental health evaluations. Mauro was also ordered to forfeit his ability to ever hold public office.

Mauro pleaded guilty to criminal sexual contact.

The 31-year-old female inmate, who Mauro had dated in 2013 when she was not in jail, was seen entering a bathroom at the Monmouth County jail in Freehold Township in April 2019, prosecutors said. She was followed by Mauro and prosecutors said the pair then engaged in sexual activity.

Sexual contact with an inmate is prohibited despite their previous relationship, authorities said.

“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,” Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni said in a news release.