Syracuse, NY — Garrett Monds should know better. And he knows it.
Monds, 30, is going back to prison after a sixth incident in which he set up a hidden camera in a public women’s restroom in Central New York.
He’s now targeted two Walmarts, two colleges, the mall and a warehouse.
For the first five incidents, Monds got 2 to 6 years in prison and was paroled after two years. After his most recent arrest, in July 2020, Monds is going back to prison for 3 1/2 to 7 years on an unlawful surveillance charge.
At sentencing Wednesday, Monds portrayed himself as someone who simply couldn’t control himself.
“I apologize,” Monds said. “I really want to work on myself. I know that this is getting a lot of attention all over the place. It’s really making me understand how my decisions have embarrassed the victims and my family.
“I really am remorseful this time around.”
County Court Judge Stephen Dougherty acknowledged Monds’ inner struggle, but noted that he’d spend the rest of the life in prison if he didn’t get his issues worked out.
“You’re a smart man,” the judge told Monds, noting that he’d graduated high school and taken some college classes.
Four months after getting out of prison in March 2020, Monds had been arrested again. “That wasn’t a long turnaround,” the judge noted.
But both men agreed on one thing:
“No offense, but I don’t want to see you again,” Monds told the judge.
“I don’t want to see you again either,” Dougherty responded.
Here’s a full list of locations Monds has now admitted setting up cameras:
- Onondaga Community College, date unknown
- Rite Aid warehouse, Aug. 26, 2017
- Cicero Walmart, Dec. 17, 2017
- Destiny USA, Dec. 21, 2017
- Syracuse University Life Sciences Building, Jan. 17, 2018
- East Syracuse Walmart, July 2020.
Staff writer Douglass Dowty can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 315-470-6070.