Staten Island man accused of abusing six young girls in a relative's foster home

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Staten Island man accused of abusing six young girls in a relative's foster home

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2012, 3:37 PM Updated: Friday, June 22, 2012, 1:23 AM

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Authorities say they've found three more young girls who allegedly were sexually abused by a West Brighton man while they were being cared for in his relative's foster home and day-care center.

Deveraler Lovelle Mark Jr., 23, was originally charged last month with preying upon three girls living in the West Brighton foster home and day-care center run by a female relation.

That tally, however, has grown to six victims based on an initial probe, said a law enforcement source. Authorities fear there may be more.

"We believe he also preyed on others," said the source, adding the investigation is continuing.

The source said the victims primarily ranged in age from 6 to 10 years old, although one was 14.

Mark was living for a time at the relative's home when he allegedly abused the girls, said the source.

A 19-count indictment unsealed Wednesday in state Supreme Court, St. George, accuses Mark of a slew of sexually-related charges. If convicted of the most serious, predatory sexual assault and predatory sexual assault against a child, Mark could land behind bars for life.


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According to court papers, most of the alleged incidents occurred between August 2009 and October 2010. However, the earliest alleged crimes date to September 2003, and some others took place between October 2007 and October 2009, said court documents.

The female relative ran a day-care center, in addition to caring for foster children, the source said.

The abuse came to light when one of the victims eventually spoke up to an adult, possibly a teacher, said the source. That spurred a police investigation, the source said, adding that another girl witnessed the abuse.

Mark also made incriminating statements, the source said.

Mark pleaded not guilty at his arraignment to five counts of predatory sexual assault against a child; four counts each of course of sexual conduct against a child and endangering a child's welfare; two counts each of rape and criminal sexual act -- formerly classified as sodomy -- and one count each of sexual abuse and predatory sexual assault.

He was remanded to jail and ordered back to court on July 16, said a spokesman for District Attorney Daniel Donovan.

His lawyer could not immediately be reached today for comment.

Prosecutors ask anyone with information related to the case to call Donovan's office at 718-876-6300.

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