Crime

Pierce County Fair employee charged with trying to lure young girl

A man working at the Pierce County Fair has been charged with trying to lure a 9-year-old girl from a barn at the Graham fairgrounds.

Prosecutors have charged Bryan McCann, 50, with luring and second-degree attempted kidnapping. He has not yet entered a plea.

The incident happened Sunday while McCann, who was off-duty at the time, was wandering the fairgrounds, prosecutors said.

He approached a girl involved with the 4H program, offered her his hand and asked her to leave the barn with him, according to charging papers. The girl’s 16-year-old sister intervened and McCann “stormed off,” the sister told deputies.

A 4H assistant and parent reported McCann to deputies, who questioned him in the security office. McCann denied trying to lure the girl away and made suicidal and homicidal comments, according to deputies.

The 9-year-old girl was interviewed Tuesday and said McCann stood too close to her and asked her to leave with him.

“The defendant asked her whether she wanted to go on some rides with him and extended his hand,” court records show. The girl “said that she was scared of the defendant.”

McCann is reportedly from Nevada and helps to break down the tents when the fair closes each night.

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