WASHINGTON – A 17-year-old boy has been charged with raping a 9-year-old girl at the Maryland State Fairgrounds on Thursday.

Baltimore County Police say Jonathan Fleming of Mount Airy, Maryland is being charged as an adult and he is accused of sexually abusing the girl since she was about 3-years-old.

The girl, also from Caroll County, told police Fleming touched her inappropriately at the fair before taking her to a more secluded area. She said he then forced her to perform various sex acts, including intercourse, over the course of 15-20 minutes.

Her father notified police after being warned by a farmer who became concerned when he saw Fleming and the girl at the fair’s Swine Barn.

The girl told police Fleming has forced her to engage in sex acts several times a year.

Fleming’s family and the girl’s family were both at the fair on Thursday and they often travel together to fairs, police say.

Fleming has been charged with second degree rape, second degree sex offense and second degree assault, among other charges. He’s being held on $500,000 bond.

There is an ongoing investigation into the allegations of prior abuse and police say additional charges are possible.

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