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Charges alleging that a Campbellsville man raped and sodomized a 14-year-old child were dismissed the morning his trial was set to begin.
Davis L. Curtsinger, 30, of 220 Bluegrass Lane was indicted in May 2007 by a Taylor County grand jury on charges of first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy, intimidating a witness and third-degree unlawful transaction with a minor.
Taylor Circuit Court Judge Douglas M. George dismissed those charges on Thursday, May 29, the day Curtsinger was scheduled to face a jury of his peers.
According to court records, the charges were dismissed with the understanding that prosecutors may re-indict Curtsinger because a witness in the case was unavailable. Court records state Curtsinger has admitted that there was cause for his arrest.
Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Shelly Miller, the prosecutor in the case, said she is not giving up on the case against Curtsinger.
"We will keep looking for our witness," she stated in an e-mailed response. "When we find the witness, we will begin the process again."
According to the indictment, Curtsinger was accused of forcing a 14-year-old child to have sex with him and preventing the child from telling law enforcement about the crimes. Curtsinger also appeared before George on Tuesday, June 3 on additional charges in two other cases of second-degree assault and being a second-degree persistent felony offender.
Curtsinger pleaded guilty to an amended charge of fourth-degree assault. The two persistent felony offender charges were dismissed. He was sentenced to two years' probation. In that case, Curtsinger was accused of driving while intoxicated and pulling a knife on a passenger. Curtsinger then cut the passenger, records state, who was also intoxicated.
The citation states Curtsinger was angry with his passenger and threatened to kill him. Curtsinger stopped the vehicle, allegedly cut the victim three more times on the cheek and then traveled to a Pitman Avenue residence.
The two men then walked to another Pitman Avenue residence together, records state, where someone called the police.
Court records also list Curtsinger's address as 105 Layton Drive and 409 Pitman Ave., both in Campbellsville.
Also on George's docket:
- Timothy Wayne Crum, 28, of 420 Kenny St. and Megan Michelle Wise, 20, of 403 Smith Ridge Road, both in Campbellsville, were sentenced to five years' probation on burglary and other charges.
Crum and Wise are two of five Campbellsville residents accused of conspiring together in the theft and distribution of stolen property in December 2006. he five were indicted by a Taylor County grand jury in February 2007.
The three other defendants indicted were:
- Joseph Q. Seadler, 24, of 420 Kenny St.
- Kimberly Lynn Carney, 27, also of 420 Kenny St.
- Dennis C. Haulk Jr., 25, of 216 Bell Ave.
All of the defendants were charged with being part of a criminal syndicate. That charge has since been dismissed against each defendant.
Crum and Wise pleaded guilty in April to third-degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking more than $300 and tampering with physical evidence.
Crum also pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal mischief. Wise also pleaded guilty to an amended charge of third-degree burglary and facilitation. She originally faced a charge of second-degree burglary.
Haulk and Carney pleaded guilty to the remaining charges against them last month. The prosecutor has recommended that Haulk receive a one-year sentence. Formal sentencing is set for June 17. Carney was granted a five-year pretrial diversion. Her case is set for review May 17, 2011.
Seadler pleaded guilty to charges against him in April and was sentenced to serve three years in prison.
The five defendants were also ordered to jointly pay $5,027.03 in restitution.
The charges stem from the December 2006 burglary of G&S Automotive Sales in which the defendants broke into a back window and stole a safe containing $3,500 in cash and a handgun.
- Lisa M. Walls, 37, of 403 Underwood St. in Campbellsville pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking less than $300. She originally faced a charge of theft by unlawful taking more than $300.
Walls was sentenced to two years' probation and ordered to stay away from and pay $349 in restitution to Wal-Mart.
- Michael Patrick Bright, 26, of 141 Natures Way in Campbellsville was sentenced to serve three years in prison on DUI and other charges.
In April, Bright pleaded guilty to DUI, his fourth offense, and driving on a license suspended for DUI. At that time, he was sentenced to two years' probation.
Bright was also ordered to attend an alcohol and drug education program for a year and have his license suspended for five years. He was given credit for 65 days he has already served.
- Laquita Marie Jacobs, 22, of 202 Cedar St. in Campbellsville pleaded guilty to possession of drug supplies, disorderly conduct and public intoxication. She originally faced a second-offense charge of possession of drug supplies.
Jacobs was sentenced to two years' probation. Court records also list her address as 605 E. First. St., Apt. B.
- Justin Wayne Keith, 20, of 240 Jan St. in Campbellsville pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary, first-degree fleeing or evading police and receiving more than $300 in stolen property. Charges of failure to signal and second-degree fleeing or evading police were dismissed.
The prosecutor has recommended that Keith receive a two-year sentence to be served after he completes any revoked sentence he might receive in any other cases. The prosecutor has also recommended that Keith be ordered to pay restitution, complete the drug court program and testify against co-defendant Chris Reynolds, 22, c/o Marion County Detention Center in Lebanon, if necessary. Formal sentencing is set for July 22. Reynolds faces a charge of third-degree burglary. His case is set for review Aug. 5.
- Steven Dale Williams, 34, of 208 Hearon Drive in Campbellsville pleaded guilty in three separate cases to two counts of first-degree selling cocaine, one charge being a second offense, and first-degree bail jumping. Three counts of being a second-degree persistent felony offender were dismissed.
The prosecutor has recommended that Williams receive an eight-year sentence and pay $3,400 in restitution to the Campbellsville Police Department Drug Elimination Fund.
Court records also list his address as 208 Friendship Pike in Campbellsville, 111 Clear Springs Drive in Bardstown, 2608 Holy Cross Road in New Hope and 2608 Holy Cross Road in New Haven. Formal sentencing is set for July 8.