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Fourth sexual assault victim files suit against traveling petting zoo in Lauderdale County

FLORENCE, Ala. - The parent of a fourth alleged victim has filed a lawsuit against the owners and operators of a traveling petting zoo in Lauderdale County.

Just over a week ago, three families filed suit against Jungle Safari, for employing a man who stands accused of inappropriately touching half a dozen small girls.

Court records indicate the latest suit was filed in Lauderdale County Circuit Court on December 9th.

The nine page document represents yet another victim who police say was sexually assaulted by Daryl Raymond while he operated a pony ride.

We’re withholding the parent's name to keep the victim from being identified.

The complaint names Engesser’s Exotics, Florence Plaza, and Daryl Raymond as defendants.

On page three, the filing states on or about April 28th 2016, defendant Raymond sexually assaulted A.P., A.P. being a young girl.

In count two of the suit, Jungle Safari is accused of negligent and wanton hiring, retention and supervision of Raymond.

The lawsuit claims Jungle Safari knew Raymond may have previously sexually assaulted a young child and continued to allow him to work. Those actions the suit claims, led to A.P. being assaulted.

In August, a grand jury indicted Daryl Raymond on six counts of unlawful sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12.

Both suits filed to date, represent four underage victims.

Written in the lawsuits, plaintiffs are also seeking damages from Florence Plaza. The suit claims they hired Jungle Safari to come to Florence and had them setup in their parking lot.

Daryl Raymond remains locked up at the Lauderdale County Detention Center on bail totaling $300,000.

Dates for the civil suits to be heard, have not been set. Plaintiffs in the civil suits are seeking a jury trial.

Raymond is set to be tried on his criminal charges in the spring of 2017.