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17-year-old Jonathan Fleming of Carroll County was arrested after police discovered that he raped a 9-year-old girl, who is a family friend, at the Maryland State fairgrounds. The Baltimore County Police’s Crimes Against Children Unit stated that Fleming sexually abused the girl starting when she was about three years old.

The police began to investigate the matter on Thursday, August 27th, after a farmer saw him and the girl at the swine barn and alerted the girl’s father that something may have happened between the two. He also saw the teenager buckle his pants when he approached the two of them, and then they walked away.

The girl told the police that Fleming forced her to perform sexual acts on him several times a year when they met at fairs.

Fleming was charged with rape, perverted practice, and sexual assault, among other charges. He is being held in a Baltimore County jail on $500,000 bond.