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Inmate sparks Bureau of Prisons investigation after posting selfies

Jeffrey Mattox, who is held in Lackawanna County Jail in Pennsylvania, uploaded dozens of photographs in 19 Facebook posts between January 1 and February 2

An inmate has prompted a prison investigation after posting a series of selfies from inside his cell.

Jeffrey Mattox, who is held in Lackawanna County Jail in Pennsylvania, uploaded dozens of photographs in 19 Facebook posts between January 1 and February 2. 

One of the pictures shows a shirtless Mattox smiling into the camera with the caption: ‘This is 170 lbs of twisted steel and sex appeal.’

While some users mocked Mattox – one said he would ‘be on poop watch’ after taking the snap with his phone, a prohibited item in prisons – others cheered him on, with one saying: ‘Looking great baby’.

Another commented: ‘You go boyyy.’

Mattox, from Kentucky, was jailed in 2010 for 15 years after admitting his role in a crack cocaine drug ring, according to the Scranton Times-Tribune. 

He was originally serving his sentence in Wayne County, but was moved to Lackawanna while awaiting trial after being indicted for beating a fellow inmate.

His Facebook account was created in 2015 – more than four years into his sentence – and his history on the site shows he often spoke casually with his 792 friends, writing at one point: ‘Feel free to text or call when you feel like it.’ 

Joseph D’Arienzo, spokesman for the prison, told the Times-Tribune that staff conducted a search in response to the Facebook posts and found ‘contraband’. 

According to Times-Tribune sources, ‘several cellphones’ were found.

He was originally serving his sentence in Wayne County, but was moved to Lackawanna while awaiting trial after being indicted for beating a fellow inmate

His Facebook account was created in 2015 - more than four years into his sentence

He was originally serving his sentence in Wayne County, but was moved to Lackawanna while awaiting trial after being indicted for beating a fellow inmate. His Facebook account was created in 2015 – more than four years into his sentence

But Lackawanna County Commissioner Jerry Notarianni offered a more colorful response, admitting he did not know about the Facebook posts until told by a reporter.

He said: ‘How the hell did they do that? This clearly is not a good thing. I’m in shock.’

The Federal Bureau of Prisons told the Times-Tribune it is looking into the case.



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