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Mother comes home to children unattended after babysitter allegedly raped 5-year-old daughter

Posted: 8:52 AM, Nov 01, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-01 12:52:28Z

Authorities in Summit County arrested a man for allegedly raping a 5-year-old girl he was babysitting.

Sage Smerk, 18, was charged with rape and failure to obey an order of a police officer, the Summit County Sheriff's Office confirmed on Thursday.

The child's mother came home on Sunday and found her 5-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son had been left alone for two hours by Smerk, who was left in charge of babysitting the children.

When the mother called Smerk to ask him why he left the children alone, he said that he sexually assaulted the woman's daughter, deputies confirmed.

Summit County Sheriff's Office was notified and deputies located Smerk's vehicle on Mayfair Road in the City of Green.

When they attempted a traffic stop, Smerk fled towards North Canton, prompting a pursuit.

During the pursuit, he fired an air pistol out the window of his vehicle at the deputies. Smerk ran several intersections before he was stopped without incident on Maple Street in North Canton.

He was taken to Summit County Jail and given a $300,000 bond.

Additional charges are pending the outcome of the investigation.