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Man pleads guilty to sex abuse charge

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By Calen McKinney

A Campbellsville man avoided a jury of his peers Monday by entering a guilty plea to sexually abusing a 14-year-old child.

Davis L. Curtsinger, 31, of 478 N. Garnett Road appeared in Taylor Circuit Court before Senior Status Judge Doughlas M. George.

In June 2008, Curtsinger was indicted on charges of first-degree rape and sodomy, intimidating a witness, third-degree unlawful transaction with a minor and being a second-degree persistent felony offender.

According to the indictment, Curtsinger was accused of forcing a child to have sex with him and preventing the child from telling law enforcement about the crimes.

Curtsinger pleaded guilty to first-degree sex abuse, amended from the rape charge. The remaining charges were dismissed.

According to court records, Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Shelly Miller, the prosecutor in the case, has recommended that Curtsinger be sentenced to five years' probation and ordered to register as a sex offender and receive treatment.

Campbellsville Police Detective Sgt. Patricia Thompson investigated the case.

Last year, Thompson said the June 2008 indictment was the third against Curtsinger accusing of him of charges stemming from an October 2006 incident. According to court records, the charges were dismissed because a witness in the case was unavailable.

On Tuesday, Miller said she can't comment on Curtsinger's guilty plea until his sentencing hearing on July 14.

In a separate 2007 case, a charge of tampering with a witness was dismissed against Curtsinger and his co-defendant, Jeanine Lynn Lewis, 38, of 105 Layton Drive in Campbellsville. Curtsinger had also been charged with being a second-degree persistent felony offender.

Court records state that the charges against Curtsinger and Lewis were dismissed because alleged victim later stated that the allegations against the two weren't true. The charges were dismissed without prejudice though the defendants admitted there was cause for their arrest.

If convicted on the original charges in the June 2008 indictment, Curtsinger could have been sentenced to as much as 45 years in prison. The charge of being a persistent felony offender could have increased any sentence he might have received.

Court records also list his address as 105 Layton Drive and 409 Pitman Ave., both in Campbellsville.

- Staff Writer Calen McKinney can be reached at 465-8111 Ext. 235 or by e-mail at reporter@cknj.com. Comment on this story at www.cknj.com.