A Florida man
working with the carnival at the Porter County Jail was taken into custody
early this morning after a 13-year-old girl--also associated with the
carnival--accused him of sexual assaulting her, the Porter County Sheriff’s
The man has been
identified as James Todd, 24.
police, at 2 a.m. officers responded to the Fairgrounds to interview the
girl and her mother, both of whom travel with the carnival. In the meantime,
the PCSP received an additional call, this one of a physical disturbance at
the Fairgrounds, which reportedly occurred after several carnival
workers--hearing of the accusation--confronted Todd, police said.
Todd was treated
for minor injuries at Porter Regional Hospital and released, police said.
subsequently transported to the Porter County Jail on a preliminary charge
of Level 1 child molesting.
“Todd has been
uncooperative with jail staff and they have not been able to process him for
booking,” police said. The Porter County Fair’s last day is Saturday.