Tuesday, September 28, 2004

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D.A. BROWN: LEVEL THREE SEX OFFENDER PLEADS GUILTY TO ATTEMPTED BURGLARY FOR POSING AS CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION OFFICIAL, ENTERING PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND INSPECTING CONFIDENTIAL STUDENT FILES; FACES UP TO FOUR YEARS IN PRISON

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown today announced that a Queens man -- a high-risk Level Three Sex Offender in the State Registry of Sex Offenders -- has pled guilty to attempted burglary in an incident in which he posed as a New York City Board of Education official, entered two Jackson Heights public schools and inspected confidential student files. The defendant faces up to four years in prison.

District Attorney Brown said, “The defendant has admitted his guilt, acknowledged that he unlawfully entered a school building with intent to commit a crime and waived his right to appeal. The prison term to be imposed by the court will punish the defendant for his criminality and protect children from harm.”

District Attorney Brown identified the defendant as Matthew Matagrano, 28, of 32-50 70th Street in Jackson Heights, Queens who pled guilty earlier today to Attempted Burglary in the Third Degree before Acting Supreme Court Justice Dorothy Chin-Brandt who indicated that at sentencing on October 12, 2004 she would impose an indeterminate term of two to four years in prison.

The District Attorney said that the charges against the defendant alleged that according to the New York City Police Department Sex Offender Monitoring Unit he is presently listed as a high-risk Level Three Sex Offender.

District Attorney Brown said that the charges further alleged that the defendant on May 4, 2004 at about 9:47 a.m. entered the Renaissance Charter School at 35-59 81st Street and at about 12:35 p.m. entered P.S. 212 at 34-25 82nd Street -- both in Jackson Heights, Queens -- pretending to be a representative of the Board of Education.

The District Attorney said that the charges additionally alleged that the defendant while inside the Renaissance Charter School stated that he was an inspector for quality assurance for the Board of Education and was provided access to 11 confidential student files which he inspected. It is also alleged that the defendant while inside P.S. 212 told the principal that he was from quality assurance and wanted to ascertain whether the school required pupil file record supplies and computer software and was requested to return later.

Assistant District Attorney Daniel J. O’Leary of the District Attorney’s Integrity Bureau is prosecuting the case under the supervision of Assistant District Attorneys James M. Liander, Bureau Chief, and Carmencita N. Gutierrez, Deputy Chief, and the overall supervision of Executive Assistant District Attorney for Investigations Peter A. Crusco and Deputy Executive Assistant District Attorney for Investigations Linda M. Cantoni. Assistant District Attorney Megan K. Maxson of the District Attorney’s Appeals Bureau assisted the investigation.