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October 9, 2012

NH man charged with rape at Topsfield Fair

Held on $25,000 bail

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The victim described the suspect as roughly 5-foot-10-inches tall with shaggy sideburns, messy brown hair, wearing a dark shirt, blue jeans and a Topsfield Fair identification card hanging from his neck. Carson was picked up by police minutes later in between the bathroom and the "Rabbit Building."  

Topsfield police Sgt. Richard Lebel said incidents among fairground vendors and ride operators have happened in the past, adding the department has investigated sexual assaults at the fair as well. But to his knowledge, he couldn't recall the last time his department investigated a rape charge stemming from the fair. 

"Anytime there's any type of sexual assault it's disturbing because you have victims," Lebel said. 

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