UPDATE: Petting zoo voluntarily leaves area after Florence Police arrest zoo employee accused of sexually abusing children

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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Detectives with the Florence Police Department arrested 48-year-old Daryl V. Raymond, Jr., after receiving reports alleging he abused two children at a traveling petting zoo in Florence.

Officials say they were notified of the incident on Friday as detectives were investigating the murder of Charles Hugh Perkins.

Following that murder investigation, a second victim from the petting zoo came forward and was interviewed by detectives.

Raymond, who is an employee of Jungle Safari, was taken into custody Saturday morning. He is charged with two counts of sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12, which is a Class B Felony.

He is currently being held in the Lauderdale County Detention Center on a $100,000 bond. The case is still under investigation and additional charges are likely.

Raymond is from Stockholm, Maine.

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

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