An amusement ride worker at an Ohio fair has been criminally charged for allegedly groping a teenage girl just days after police detained an accused sex offender who also was operating a ride at the same event.
Authorities on Saturday arrested the man, Eduardo Moreno-Benites, and charged him with sexual imposition, after he allegedly groped an unidentified teenager, WKBN-TV reports.
Despite the criminal charge, the company that employed Moreno-Benites posted his bail and allowed him to come back to the fair on Sunday so he could work on a different ride.
But officials later ousted him from the fairgrounds and prohibited him from returning, according to Mahoning County Sheriff Jerry Greene.
Moreno-Benites, who had been working for Bates Brothers Amusement for three years, reportedly passed background checks that sought to detect sexual predators. The most recent check was within the past two weeks, according to fair officials.
His arrest comes just days after federal authorities detained a different fair worker accused of sexual impropriety, as previously reported by CrimeOnline.
On Thursday, U.S. Marshals arrested Brandon Walsh, 30, of South Carolina. Authorities say Walsh contacted teenage girls through Facebook and asked the minors for nude photos. He also sought to meet them for sex.
Walsh allegedly created fake Facebook profiles to solicit the girls, who ranged in age from 13 to 16. If the girls refused to send additional photos, Walsh would threaten to release the images he already had.
He had been operating a ride inside the fair’s “Kids Zone” when he was taken into custody.
Walsh is in the Mahoning County Jail until he can be extradited to South Carolina.
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