'Most prolific sex offender' in Syracuse's history arraigned again

Mark Carrigan

Career criminal Mark C. Carrigan, who police call â??the most prolific sex offenderâ?? in Syracuseâ??s history, was in court again to face several more charges after his latest indictment for child sex abuse.

The 46-year-old Carrigan was indicted last month by a grand jury for numerous sex crimes involving a young boy. The charges include:

- Second degree sexual abuse

- Third degree sexual abuse

- Second degree criminal sex act

- Third degree criminal sex act

- Use of a child in a sexual performance

- Two counts of endangering the welfare of a child

- Failure to register as a sex offender

Carrigan was arraigned Tuesday morning in Onondaga County Court before Judge Thomas Miller. He pleaded not guilty and is being held in the Onondaga County jail without bail due to his previous convictions.

Carrigan was most recently arrested in July on a probation violation upon his release from jail. He is accused of having inappropriate sexual contact with a 14-year-old boy, whom he had befriended and driven to school.

At that time, Syracuse Police released Carriganâ??s lengthy criminal history, saying he had been arrested on 16 different occasions for 40 charges since 1988. Carrigan is a level 3 sex offender and has been convicted of three felonies and twelve misdemeanors.

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