Police: Babysitter rapes 5-year-old girl, shoots air pistol at officers during ensuing chase

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GREEN, Ohio -- A man has been arrested after police say he admitted to sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl he was babysitting.

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

A press release states that on Sunday, 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.

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

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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