CRIME
08/30/2015 12:53 pm ET

Maryland Teen Allegedly Sexually Abused Child Since She Was 3

The 17-year-old is charged as an adult with raping the girl, now 9.

A 17-year-old teen is accused of raping a 9-year-old girl at the Maryland State Fairgrounds.

Jonathan Fleming, of Carroll County, Maryland, is charged as an adult with second-degree rape, second-degree sexual offense, perverted practice, fourth-degree sexual assault and second-degree assault, according to The Baltimore Sun. The Huffington Post does not usually name minors accused of crimes unless they are charged as adults.

An investigation by the Baltimore County Police Crimes Against Children Unit accuses Fleming of sexually abusing the child since she was about 3, according to a press release.

<span>Jonathan Fleming is accused of sexually abusing a young girl since she was 3 years old.</span>
Credit: Baltimore County Police
Jonathan Fleming is accused of sexually abusing a young girl since she was 3 years old.

Police began investigating Thursday after a farmer who saw the teen and the girl at the fair's swine barn tipped off the girl's father. The teen is a family friend of the victim, police said in the release.

"There was a farmer there that actually saw him buckling up his pants and approached the two of them,” Baltimore County Police Officer Shawn Vincent told WJZ-TV. “When the boy saw that he was being approached, he left with the young girl."

The child allegedly told authorities that Fleming repeatedly forced her to perform sex acts several times a year at fairs in Maryland and elsewhere, according to the release.

Police are still investigating claims of previous abuse and more charges are possible, the release said. 

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