Despite having hired the man Syracuse police call the ‘most prolific sex offender’ in the area, Syracuse city officials confirmed to CNY NY that they don’t plan on changing their hiring practices or checking into the background of current employee.
On the application, obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request, Carrigan was twice asked and twice lied about whether he had ever been convicted of a crime, felony or misdemeanor. When he was fired from his DPW job after a 2012 arrest for having oral sex with a 15-year-old boy, the city refused to amend its policy on background checks.
Carrigan was a level three sex-offender when he applied for the job in 2009. But Syracuse mayor Stephanie Miner insists that background checks will only be done on applicants for positions in which contact with children is likely, with police, fire, airport security and city park jobs foremost among them.
But the extravagance of Carrigan’s arrest history worries many in the community. Despite being a level three sex offender, his longest stint in correctional facilities was for a 2004 conviction related to credit card fraud. He served two of a four year sentence.
For the other 14 felony charges brought against him — of which he has been convicted of two — the longest he has served is one year with five years probation, for sodomy in the first degree and endangering the welfare of a minor. His victim in that case was a boy under eleven years of age. In 1992, he was arrested after a 13-year-old boy caught Carrigan watching him while he showered. During the course of the investigation, the boy said that Carrigan, a friend of the family, frequently visited the boy when his parents weren’t home. His probation was revoked on February 1, 1993, but despite having a year remaining on his sentence, he was released on August 26, 1993.
Before his arrest in February, Carrigan had a Twitter account in which he interacted with young men in ways that likely violated the terms of one of his many probations.
His arrest record raises questions not just about local government hiring practices, but about the perceived unseriousness with which the criminal justice system takes sexually-based offenses. Carrigan has been arrested over 40 times and been charged with 16 felonies and 22 misdemeanors since 1986.
Scott Eric Kaufman is the proprietor of the AV Club's Internet Film School and, in addition to Raw Story, also writes for Lawyers, Guns & Money. He earned a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of California, Irvine in 2008.
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