FLORENCE, Ala. — A judge has denied a motion to reduce bond of a Maine man who is accused of abusing two children at a traveling petting zoo in northwest Alabama.

The Times Daily reported Saturday that Lauderdale County District Judge Carole Medley declined a reduced bond for 48-year-old Daryl V. Raymond Jr. of Stockholm, Maine. Raymond is being held at the Lauderdale County Detention Center on a $300,000 bond.

Raymond worked with the Jungle Safari petting zoo. He was arrested last week and charged with inappropriately touching young girls. He has denied the allegations. The petting zoo had set up operations at a shopping center in Florence.

Police say the victims are all girls between the ages of 3 and 5.

Raymond’s court-appointed attorney, Cody Hand, had asked for the reduced bond because Raymond has limited funds.

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