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Cops: Carnival worker assaults girl in fun house

Adam J. Moyers. Photo/Schaumburg Police Dept.

Adam J. Moyers. Photo/Schaumburg Police Dept.

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Updated: October 9, 2012 3:01PM

A 3-year-old girl who was afraid to go down a slide at a carnival fun house in Schaumburg over the weekend was allegedly sexually assaulted by a carnival employee who went in to get the child.

Adam J. Moyers, 19, of Franklin Park is charged with two Class X felony counts of predatory criminal sexual assault for a Sept. 2 attack at the village’s Septemberfest.

Moyer is employed with Prospect Heights-based Fantasy Amusement Company, which has been operating carnivals in Chicago’s suburbs, northern Illinois, central Illinois and northwest Indiana since 1985.

Police are investigating whether there are other victims, although none have come forward and Moyers does not have a criminal background.

“This guy has worked at carnivals throughout the Chicago area and parents that believe something may have happened to their children should contact law enforcement,” Schaumburg Sgt. John Nebl said.

Police say the girl and her older brother entered a “fun house” at the carnival on Sunday. The boy went down a slide, but the girl was scared to follow. When the boy told his father, he tried to go into the fun house to get his daughter.

But Moyers, the carnival employee assigned to monitor the fun house, stopped the man from entering, police said. Moyers also had all other customers get out of the fun house so he could “tend to the girl,” police said.

Instead, prosecutors say, Moyers allegedly took the girl down an enclosed spiral stairway where he fondled and sexually assaulted her.

The child apparently told her parents what happened as they bathed her the next day, prosecutors said.

Moyers was held in lieu of $200,000 bail at the Rolling Meadows courthouse on Friday, Cook County state’s attorney’s office spokesman Andy Conklin said.

Fantasy Amusement could not be reached for comment Friday afternoon.

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