Florence, Alabama Petting Zoo Employee Charged With Molesting 5 Children

Florence, Alabama Petting Zoo Employee Charged With Molesting 5 Children

A petting zoo employee who appeared in a Lauderdale County courtroom Monday morning on two counts of sexually abusing children was hit with more charges Monday afternoon.

Daryl Raymond, 48, of Stockholm, Maine, was charged with three additional counts of sexual abuse of a child under 12, just hours after appearing in court for two other counts. Florence police said they have identified five victims total.

Florence police arrested Raymond Saturday after two victims came forward saying he inappropriately touched them while he was working at a traveling petting zoo in Florence.

In court, the Lauderdale County Assistant Distract Attorney, Will Powell, filed a motion for Raymond to have no bond.

A hearing is set for Friday to determine Raymond’s bond, according to Powell.

Powell believes Raymond poses a flight risk and risk to the community, that is why they filed the motion for no bond.

Since Raymond’s arrest the petting zoo has since shut down and left the area.

The case is still under investigation and further charges are likely.

Raymond’s current bond is still set at $100,000.

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