BURRILLVILLE â€” A 51-year-old Burrillville man, a former Woonsocket Police Department dispatcher, was arrested Tuesday on charges stemming from an incident in which he sent lewd text messages to a youth, police said.
Burrillville Police Major Lareto P. Guglietta said a report was filed Monday with the Burrillville police by a concerned mother who said her son was receiving lewd text messages from an adult male.
Burrillville police initiated an investigation that led to the arrest Tuesday of Richard Mulligan, 51, of 975 Victory Highway. Mulligan was charged with violating RIGL 11-26-1.5/M, Enticement of Children, 1st offense.
Mulligan was arraigned yesterday morning in 6th District Court in Providence where he was held on $5,000 surety bail with a pre-trial date scheduled for Sept. 19.
Guglietta said no further information was available at this time because the case is still under investigation.
Mulligan is a former president of the Burrillville Citizens in Support of Law Enforcement.
In 2000, he was chairman of the Maplevillle 2000 Committee, which organized Mapleville's first-ever Christmas lights display.
In 2004, Mulligan pleaded no contest to three counts of obstruction of justice after Woonsocket police learned that while he was a dispatcher for their department he had developed a friendship with a man who was fatally shot by a police sergeant that year. On April 8, 2004, Jason Arcaro, 26, was shot to death by Sergeant Marcus Desroches during a confrontation at a Woonsocket auto body shop.
Mulligan received a one-year suspended sentence, plus probation to run concurrently on each of the three charges.