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No bail for former Syracuse DPW worker with a long history of sex crimes involving underage boys

A former City of Syracuse Department of Public Works employee with a litany of arrests for sex crimes involving underage boys was arraigned on new charges Wednesday morning.
Mark Carrigan (Photo courtesy of Syracuse Police)
Mark Carrigan (Photo courtesy of Syracuse Police)
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – A former City of Syracuse Department of Public Works employee with a litany of arrests for sex crimes involving underage boys was arraigned on new charges Wednesday morning.

Mark Carrigan, 46, of Syracuse, has been denied bail.

He was arrested Tuesday on charges of criminal sex act in the second degree and failing to register an internet identifier, both felonies, as well as forcible touching, a misdemeanor.

Carrigan pleaded not guilty on Wednesday.

After an extensive history of sex crimes, there has been public outcry over Carrigan repeatedly being released from prison.

“We’re bound by the law and we prosecute these cases under the guidelines that we have. The case he was arrested for in 2012 did not carry with it a lengthy prison sentence,” said Jeremy Cali with the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office.

Police say Carrigan’s most recent victim is a 14-year-old boy he met in September 2012.

They say Carrigan groomed the boy, providing him with fast food and small amounts of cash leading up to the alleged sexual contact.

A school employee reported Carrigan to police when he recognized him as a sex offender while driving the boy to school.

Carrigan was arrested for probation violation at the time and police began their most recent investigation.

He was arrested Tuesday upon his release from the Jamesville Correctional Facility for the probation violation.

In the case against Carrigan in 2012, the victim did not cooperate with the investigation as the district attorney's office tried to build their case, which forced prosecutors to offer a plea deal. Carrigan admitted to a lesser crime in exchange for a softer sentence.

Police are confident that Carrigan has other victims who have yet to come forward and hope they will cooperate with investigators so they can keep Carrigan behind bars.

The district attorney’s office is hopeful that they will be able to keep Carrigan locked up using a new tactic.

“There does come a time under New York State law that where someone builds up enough of a resume or they’re a persistent felon and if we can go after that under the law we are going to go make that argument to the judge and it’s going to be up to the judge to decide, it's a discretionary thing for the judge.”

Anyone with information on Carrigan should call Syracuse Police at (315) 435-3016.

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