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      Police arrest most prolific sex offender registered in the City of Syracuse for sexually abusing teenage boy

      Mark Carrigan

      Syracuse Police have arrested level 3 sex offender Mark C. Carrigan, the most prolific offender registered in the City of Syracuse.

      Carrigan, 46, was arrested Tuesday for sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy. Police say Carrigan met the boy in September of 2012. Police say Carrigan began picking the boy up at the bus stop, and even drove him to fast food restaurants for food and to school several times.

      According to police, there was one occasion where Carrigan drove the boy to a relative's house under the guise of picking up mail. Police say once they were inside, Carrigan inappropriately touched the boy.

      Police say a school employee recognized Carrigan as a sex offender when he drove the boy to school and reported it to police. Police say Carrigan was arrested for violating his probation and then they began their investigation.

      Carrigan was arrested Tuesday when he was released from Jamesville Correctional Facility on the probation violation charge.

      He's charged with criminal sexual act, failing to register an Internet Identifier, and forcible touching. He is currently being held in the Onondaga County Justice Center. Police say the investigation is ongoing and believe there may be other unreported victims .

      The Syracuse Police Department is encouraging any other victim's of Carrigan to come forward and anyone with information is asked to call the Abused Person's Unit at 315-435-3016. All information will be kept confidential.

      Below is a press release from Syracuse Police detailing Carrigan's arrest history:

      Mark Charles Carrigan is a 46 year-old level 3 sex offender. He has victimized young males since 1988 and is perhaps the most prolific offender registered in the City of Syracuse. Carrigan has been arrested on 16 occasions on 40 different charges. Of those charges, 16 were felonies and 22 were misdemeanors along with 2 other charges. Out of 16 felonies, 3 resulted in convictions. 12 of the 22 misdemeanor charges resulted in 12 convictions.

      Below is a chronology of Mark Carrigan??s criminal activity, to the extent that is known to law enforcement officials. While he has spent little time incarcerated in relation to his crimes, it should become apparent that probation and parole have not been a deterrent.

      - Syracuse police arrested Mark Carrigan on February 4, 1986 for Criminal Trespass in the Third Degree a Class B Misdemeanor and Harassment a Violation. On February 18 the Harassment charge was dismissed and Carrigan was convicted of Criminal Trespass in the Third Degree upon a plea of guilty. He was sentenced to a Conditional Discharge. The conditional discharge was later revoked following an October 9, 1986 plea of guilty to Petit Larceny. He was sentenced to 4 days (Intermittent) at the Onondaga County Correctional facility.

      - Camillus Police arrested Carrigan on May 28, 1986 for Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle in the Third Degree a Class A Misdemeanor and Unlicensed Operation an Infraction. He was convicted upon a plea of guilty and sentenced to 3 years probation on September 8, 1986. Carrigan was granted an early release from probation on November 2, 1987.

      - Syracuse Police again arrested Carrigan on June 10, 1986 for Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree a Class D Felony. He was convicted upon a plea of guilty Petit Larceny a Class A Misdemeanor on October 9, 1986. Carrigan was sentenced to a 30 day Conditional Discharge.

      - On February 10, 1988 Syracuse Police arrested Mark Carrigan for Sodomy in the First Degree a Class B Felony and Endangering the Welfare of a Child a Class A Misdemeanor. The victim was a child less than 11 years of age. Carrigan was allowed to plead guilty to one count of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree a Class D Felony. He was sentenced to 5 years probation.

      - At 6:00 AM on December 1, 1992 a 13 year-old boy getting ready for school noticed Mark Carrigan watching him through a window. He informed a parent who went outside to look for Carrigan without success. The following morning the parent waited outside the residence and observed Carrigan return and once again look through the window in an attempt to watch the child. In the course of the ensuing investigation the child informed Syracuse police officers that Carrigan, who was known to the family, had frequently visited the home when the child was home alone. Mark Carrigan was arrested for Harassment and Trespass both violations. As a result, Carrigan??s probation was revoked February 1, 1993 and he was resentenced on the above 1988 charge to 1 year in the Onondaga County Correctional Facility. He was released on August 26, 1993.

      - In February 1997 a mother contacted the Syracuse Police Abused Persons Unit and reported that she had learned that her 15 year-old son had been sexually assaulted by Mark Carrigan and another male over a period of approximately a year. Investigation revealed that mother had become acquainted with Carrigan in 1995. Believing that he might provide a positive male role model for her then 13 year-old son, she agreed to allow her son to spend time at Carrigan??s residence. Beginning on his first night at the residence began sexually abusing the child. Afraid to tell anyone or to tell them to stop, the child was assaulted regularly for over a year. The mother subsequently spoke with another teenaged male who informed her that he??d had a sexual relationship with Carrigan. She then spoke with her son and learned that he had been a victim. Mark Carrigan was charged with Sodomy in the Second Degree a Class D Felony, Sodomy in the Third Degree a Class E Felony, Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree a Class A Misdemeanor and Endangering the Welfare of a Child a Class A Misdemeanor. He was convicted of Sodomy in the Second Degree upon a plea of guilty. Carrigan was sentenced to 1 year in the Onondaga County Correctional Facility. He was released after 8 months on June 4, 1998.

      - In August 1998, about 2 months after his release, Carrigan approached a 15 year-old male at the New York State fair and began grooming him. He drove the youth around in a limousine used in his employment and bought him a pager during which time he subjected the 15 year-old to unwanted touching and tried to induce him to engage in sexual conduct. Carrigan was subsequently charged with Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree a Class B Misdemeanor and Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Class A Misdemeanor. He was convicted upon a plea of guilty to Attempted Endangering the Welfare of a Child a Class B Misdemeanor. He was sentenced to 1 year of probation on March 18, 1999. On May 13, 1999 Mark Carrigan violated the terms of that probation and he was re-sentenced to 90 days.

      - In July 1999 Carrigan was again arrested for Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree a Class B Misdemeanor and Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Class A Misdemeanor by the Onondaga County Sheriff??s Abused Persons Unit. He was convicted upon a guilty plea to Endangering the Welfare of a Child. On March 1, 2000 he was sentenced to 1 year in the Onondaga County Correctional Facility.

      - On September 22, 1999, The Onondaga County Sheriff??s Office charged Mark Carrigan with Criminal Sale of Marihuana in the Second Degree a Class D Felony, Attempted Sodomy in the Third Degree a Class A Misdemeanor, Endangering the Welfare of a Child a Class A Misdemeanor, Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree a Class B Misdemeanor and Criminal Possession of Marihuana in the Fifth Degree a Class B Misdemeanor. On March 2, 2000 Carrigan was convicted upon a plea of guilty to Attempted Sodomy in the Third Degree. He was sentenced to 1 year in the Onondaga County Correctional Facility to be served concurrent with the above sentence.

      - Carrigan was arrested by the Syracuse Police Department on October 22, 1999 for Failing to Register as a Sex Offender-First Offense a Class A Misdemeanor. He was sentenced to a conditional discharge on January 14, 2000.

      - The New York State Police arrested Carrigan in July 2001 for Criminal Impersonation in the Second Degree a Class A Misdemeanor along with vehicle and traffic infractions. Carrigan was convicted upon a plea of guilty and fined $500.00.

      - August 12, 2003 Mark Carrigan was arrested after he obtained credit cards in the name of a former co-defendant and accrued an unpaid balance of nearly $6000.00. He was charged with Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree a Class D Felony, Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree a Class E Felony, Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree a Class E Felony and Petit Larceny a Class A Misdemeanor. Carrigan was sentenced February 20, 2004 to 2 to 4 years in state prison.

      - Carrigan was arrested for Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree a Class D Felony. He was sentenced February 18, 2004 to 2 to 4 years in state prison to be served concurrent with the above sentence.

      - Mark Carrigan received a conditional release from state prison in June 2006. In July he was charged with Attempted Failure to Register as a Sex Offender (second offense) and returned to prison on October 12, 2006.

      - Carrigan received a conditional release from state prison in May 2007. In July he was charged with Violating Sex Offender Registry Requirements (second offense) and returned to prison until his sentence reached its maximum limit and he was released October 13, 2007.

      - In November of 2007, 1 month after being released from prison, Mark Carrigan was arrested for Trespass. A 21 year-old male complained that he observed Carrigan loitering on his Westside street. The man was showering in his residence a short time later when he observed Carrigan watching him through the window. The victim pursued Carrigan until Syracuse police officers arrived and arrested him. He was charged with 1 count of Trespass a Violation. (Disposition Unknown)

      - Syracuse Police arrested Carrigan April 20, 2010 for Issuing a Bad Check a Class B Misdemeanor. He was convicted upon a plea of guilty on January 4, 2011 and sentenced to time served.

      - Carrigan was arrested November 24, 2011 for Driving While Intoxicated an Unclassified Misdemeanor in the Village of East Syracuse. (Disposition Unknown)

      - In February 2012 a mother contacted Syracuse Police and reported that her 16 year-old son had been the victim of a sex offense. She reported that she had learned that her son had developed some health concerns following some sexual activity with Mark Carrigan. The youth was interviewed by members of the Syracuse Police Abused Persons Unit and it was learned that Carrigan had offered him a ride one night as he walked down the street. Carrigan provided the youth with beer and cocaine over the course of the evening and eventually performed a sex act on him. Over the following weeks engaged in common grooming practices with the victim. He provided the youth with drugs, cash, gifts and a cell phone. Carrigan continued to sexually exploit the victim during that time. Mark Carrigan was arrested on March 1, 2012 for 2 counts of Criminal Sexual Act a Class E Felony and 2 counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child a Class A Misdemeanor. On November 16, 2012 Carrigan was convicted upon a plea of guilty to 3 counts of Sexual Misconduct a Class A Misdemeanor. He was sentenced to time served and 6 years probation.

      - On February 13, 2013, 3 months into his most recent probation Mark Carrigan was again arrested. A city school employee contacted the Onondaga County Probation Department and alerted them to the fact that he had learned Carrigan had befriended a 14 year-old student about 4 months earlier. He had provided cash, clothing, food and rides to the youth. The employee further indicated that Carrigan had also been associating with at least 1 other 14 year-old male. His probation officer and members of the Syracuse Police Abused Persons Unit arrested Carrigan on a warrant for Violation of Probation.

      - As a result of the information that led to Carrigan??s probation violation arrest, the Syracuse Police Abused Persons Unit began an investigation into Carrigan??s conduct with the student. That investigation has today resulted Mark Carrigan??s arrest for Criminal Sexual Act in the Second Degree a Class D Felony, Failing to Register an Internet Identifier a Class D Felony and Forcible Touching a Class A Misdemeanor. During the course of the investigation, other potential victims and crimes were identified and that information is being actively investigated.