By Associated Press - Sunday, May 1, 2016

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) - Police say a man accused of abusing two children at a traveling petting zoo has been arrested in northwest Alabama.

Local news media report that Florence Police Department detectives on Saturday arrested 48-year-old Daryl V. Raymond Jr. of Stockholm, Maine. He worked with the Jungle Safari Petting Zoo and charged with two counts of sex abuse of a child under 12.

The owner Robert Engesser of traveling petting zoo says as soon as he was approached by the alleged victim’s grandmother Friday, he called police.

Raymond is being held at the Lauderdale County Detention Center on a $100,000 bond. It’s not clear whether he has an attorney.

The petting zoo has voluntarily shutdown and leaving. Florence Police say they believe the petting zoo is possibly traveling to Birmingham.



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