A Staten Island man was arraigned Thursday on charges of raping three young girls who were in foster care with one of his relatives, law enforcement sources said Thursday.
The investigation into Deveraler L. Mark, Jr., 23, of Livingston, started after a 10-year-old girl came forward and told authorities she was forced to perform oral sex on him during the summer of 2010, one source said.
Officials started questioning other girls in the home, leading them to two more victims, the source continued.
The youngest was just 6 when she said Mark forced her to engage in oral sex on at least two occasions between Aug. 6, 2009, and Oct. 1, 2010, the complaint states.
Between the same dates, a second victim - who was 9 years old when she says she was first assaulted - said the defendant had sex with her at least twice, according to the court documents.
Mark was hit with two counts of felony first-degree course of sexual conduct against a child, first-degree criminal sexual act and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, officials said.
Investigators - who are worried that more victims are out there - are currently looking for and questioning other youngsters who may have had contact with Mark over the past several years, one law enforcement source said.
“The fear is that he may have been doing this to other kids all along,” the source said.
The three girls have been removed from the relative’s home, an official said.
Mark - who has three prior arrests, two that are sealed and one for criminal possession of marijuana - was held in lieu of $150,000 bail, a spokesman for the Staten Island DA’s office and police said.
“We’re denying the charges,” Mark’s attorney Eric Nelson said the Daily News, declining to comment further