Man On His Way To Sex-Offenders Monitoring Meeting Accused Of Groping A Girl
A subway pervert allegedly groped a 15-year-old girl while she was headed to school — and he was on his way to a sex-offenders monitoring meeting in lower Manhattan, law-enforcement sources said.
Craig Ruggeri, 47, allegedly molested the girl on an uptown train March 11 at about 8:40 a.m.
They both got off the train at Grand Street and Ruggeri briefly followed her before allegedly making a lewd comment. Ruggeri then attended a meeting with the NYPD mandated by his status as a Level 3 sex offender, sources said.
“On the day of the incident, he was going for his 90-day check-in at the Sex Offenders Monitoring Unit,” a law-enforcement source told The Post.
The victim reported the encounter to authorities, who culled surveillance footage of Ruggeri leaving the train station — clad in the same Yankees sweatshirt he’d worn to a previous check-in at the unit, sources said.
Cops trying to track Ruggeri to his listed address in Brooklyn were told he no longer lived there, according to sources.
So they lured Ruggeri back to the SOMU office on Tuesday by telling him they needed to verify his address, then cuffed him when he got there, sources said.
He is being held in lieu of $25,000 bail on charges including failing to report an address change as a sex offender and forcible touching.
Ruggeri was convicted in 2001 of possessing child pornography, and was charged last year with grinding against another teen girl aboard the 6 train, officials said.
Ruggeri’s bust comes as politicians seek to curtail subway sex crimes by serial perverts — including a possible lifetime subway ban — spurred by an exclusive Post report on the creeps.