Indiana police have arrested a traveling carnival worker and charged him with molesting a 13-year-old, according to the Chicago Tribune.
James Todd, 24, of Florida, was arrested and charged Friday with child molesting, a felony, according to Porter County court records.
Todd was traveling with a carnival and had made a stop at the Porter County Fair, located at the Porter County Fairgrounds in northwest Indiana. That’s when word spread among fellow workers that a 13-year-old girl had been molested, according to authorities.
Police were called to the scene as fellow carnival workers took matters into their own hands, sending Todd to the hospital with minor injuries, as reported by WNDU.
“Some of the carnival workers had heard of the sexual assault and confronted the suspect,” according to a statement from the sheriff’s office.
The scuffle between carnival employees and the accused child molester actually occurred as police were interviewing the alleged victim and her mother, investigators have noted.
Todd was officially placed under arrest after he was given a clean bill of health and released from Porter Regional Hospital.
The unnamed 13-year-old girl is not a resident of Indiana and travels the country, along with her family, with the carnival, according to the criminal report. It us unknown, but presumed, that the girl’s parents also work for the traveling carnival.
Todd’s first court appearance has yet to be scheduled. It was unclear on Saturday if he had obtained legal counsel.
The Porter County Fair continued throughout the weekend.
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