A 17-year-old Carroll County, Maryland, teen is charged with raping a 9-year-old girl at the Maryland State Fair.
Jonathan Fleming will be tried as an adult for second-degree rape, second-degree special offense, perverted practice, fourth-degree sexual assault, and second-degree assault, reports The Baltimore Sun.
According to an investigation by the Crimes Against Children Unit, Fleming began sexually assaulting the girl when she was around the age of 3.
Police were made aware of the fairgrounds assault by the girl’s father, who was told by a worried farmer that he saw Fleming and the girl at the Swine Barn.
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Over the years, Fleming has allegedly forced the girl to engage in sex acts at different fairs in Maryland and elsewhere.
Police were told by the girl that Fleming touched her inappropriately in the Cow Palace at the fairgrounds in Timonium, Maryland, where both of their families were preparing for the Maryland State Fair, before going to a more secluded area, including a trailer owned by the Fleming family.
The victim told police she was forced by Fleming to perform various sex acts, including intercourse, The Daily Mail reports.
Fleming is currently being held on $500,000 bond. The investigation into prior sexual abuse is ongoing and additional charges may be filed.