|Maryland State Fair|
A 17-year-old boy has been charged with raping a nine-year-old family friend at a state fair.
Jonathan Fleming was arrested at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium after the victim's father became concerned when he saw the pair together.
An investigation by the Crimes Against Children Unit alleges that Fleming has been sexually abusing the girl since she was about three years old.
She claims he touched her inappropriately at the Cow Palace before moving to a more secluded area, including a trailer owned by the Fleming family.
Fleming allegedly forced her to perform various sex acts, including intercourse.
The girl's father notified police after being warned by a farmer who became concerned when he saw Fleming and the girl at the Swine Barn, police said.
Fleming has been charged with second degree rape, second degree sexual offense, perverted practice, fourth degree sexual assault and second degree assault.
He is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $500,000 bond.
The investigation into the allegations of prior abuse remains ongoing.
Police have said additional charges are possible.
|The girl reportedly told police that Fleming has forced her several times a year |
to engage in sex acts at different fairs in Maryland (file picture) and elsewhere