Ohio Babysitter Accused of Raping 5-Year-Old Girl, Shooting Air Pistol at Officers During Ensuing Chase

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An Ohio man has been arrested after admitting to sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl he was babysitting, KTLA sister station WJW in Cleveland reported Thursday.

Sage Smerk is seen in a booking photo obtained by KTLA sister station WJW.

Sage Smerk is seen in a booking photo obtained by KTLA sister station WJW.

Sage Smerk, 18, faces charges of rape and failure to obey an order of a police officer, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office said.

The child’s mother came home and found that her daughter and 2-year-old son had been left alone for two hours by Smerk, who was babysitting, according to a news release.

She called Smerk and asked why he left the children unattended. He then admitted to sexually assaulting the 5-year-old girl.

Deputies found Smerk driving on Mayfair Road and attempted to stop him. He failed to stop and fled toward North Canton, according to police.

During the pursuit, Smerk fired an air pistol out the window of his vehicle at patrol deputies and ran several intersections before he stopped and was arrested.

According to Summit County Jail documents, he was issued $300,000 bond. Additional charges are pending.

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