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Former deputy jailer charged with sexual abuse

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Young teen claims she was sold for sexual favors

By Linda Ireland

A former LaRue County deputy jailer has been charged with numerous sex crimes against a young teen.

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James M. Curtsinger, 63, of Hodgenville, was charged Wednesday with first-degree sexual abuse, third-degree rape, third-degree sodomy and human trafficking, victim under 18.

He is accused of having relations with a 15-year-old girl in December 2009, according to Kentucky State Police.

Rhonda J. Brown, 54, of Hodgenville, who is related to the teen, was charged with complicity and promotion of human trafficking, victim under 18.

The crimes allegedly took place at Curtsinger’s home at 131 N. Summitt Ave.

According to the arrest citation, the teen told KSP that Brown and Curtsinger had an agreement: “that if (the alleged victim) performed sexual acts on him, he would pay Mrs. Brown’s bills.”

Brown allegedly confirmed the story.

Curtsinger began working at the LaRue County Detention Center in February 2001, according to a jail spokesperson. He was terminated last summer along with most of the staff after LaRue County Jailer Ralph “Mac” Trumbo stepped down at the suggestion of the Department of Corrections.

The jail’s chief administrative officer, Joey Stanton, did not give a reason for Curtsinger’s dismissal.

Curtsinger and Brown were lodged in the LaRue County Jail Wednesday. However, Curtsinger will be transferred to another facility, due to safety concerns, according to Stanton.

They will be arraigned Dec. 15 in LaRue District Court. Bond was set at $100,000.