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September 27, 2013

Fair worker charged with rape, sodomy

Alleged victim is Cullman teen

By Lauren Estes
The Cullman Times

— A Cullman County Fair carny was arrested Saturday night on charges of rape and sodomy involving a Cullman teenager  in Sportsman Lake park while attending the fair.

Christopher Lee Hart, 28, was arrested for sodomy, second degree and rape, second degree, after deputies were able to locate him at the fair on Saturday night around 9:20 based upon the description given by the victim. The Cullman female, between the age of 14 and16, reportedly disclosed what happened to her parents, who in turn called the Cullman County Sheriff’s office, Chief Deputy Max Bartlett said.

“Officers were able to located him at the fair and attempted to interview him,” Bartlett said. “Because of the seriousness of the circumstances, he was charged with rape and sodomy.”

Bartlett said the department has since reached out to other agencies in case there may be other victims because of his frequent travels. He said at this time, they do not have knowledge of any other sexual abuse convictions.

“This a traumatic and unfortunate event for those involved,” Bartlett said. “It is also a reminder to go to events in groups and never leave with a stranger.”

Hart is being held at the Cullman County Detention Center on a $60,000 cash bond.



Lauren Estes can be reached at laurene@cullmantimes.com or 256-734-2131, ext. 137.