Clarion County Child Rape Trial Scheduled to Begin Tuesday

thomas-curry-mugshotCLARION, Pa. (EYT) – The trial of a Rimersburg man accused of more than 1,000 counts related to the alleged rape of a child in Clarion County will begin on Tuesday, January 24.

UPDATE: Curry Found Not Guilty on all charges

Thomas Eugene Curry, 66, of Rimersburg, will stand trial in the Clarion County Court of Common Pleas for the alleged sex offenses that occurred from June 24, 2011 to June 23, 2013.

Jury selection is set to begin at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, January 23, in front of President Judge James G. Arner.

The trial is expected to last through Monday, January 30.

Curry faces the following charges:

  • Rape of Child, Felony 1 (312 counts)
  • Incest, Felony 2 (312 counts)
  • Sexual Assault, Felony 2 (312 counts)
  • Indecent Assault, Person Less Than 13 years of age, Felony 3 (312 counts)
  • Corruption of Minors, Misdemeanor 1 (312 counts)
  • Statutory Sexual Assault, Felony 2 (208 counts)
  • Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse With a Child, Felony 1 (208 counts)
  • Terroristic Threats with Intention to Terrorize Another, Misdemeanor 1 (two counts)
  • Intimidation of Witness/Victim, Felony 1 (two counts)

The most recent court action was on Wednesday, January 18, when Curry’s attorney, Gary Gerson, filed a motion seeking permission to offer evidence related to the case.

Summary of Curry Case

According to the criminal complaint, on November 20, 2014, Clarion County Children and Youth Services called New Bethlehem Police Sgt. Roger E. Wright concerning a report of suspected child abuse, implicating Thomas Eugene Curry.

A forensic interview was conducted on December 4, 2014, at Western PA Cares for Kids in Brookville, and Sgt. Wright observed the interview on a television screen in another room.

During the interview, the victim described in detail the alleged sexual abuse that occurred about four times per week. She indicated that Curry told her, “Don’t say nothing or there will be consequences.”

The victim also said that “Curry had threatened to kill her (family) if she told anyone about the sexual abuse,” the complaint said.

Additionally, she said that “Curry placed a gun to her head after he chipped her tooth from raping her….Curry told the victim to tell everyone she chipped her tooth at WalMart,” the complaint added.

The victim advised that there was a room under Curry’s basement and that he allegedly took her into this room and forced her to perform sexual acts. Curry also allegedly forced the victim to watch pornography with him, according to the complaint.

The complaint states that on December 16, 2014, a medical exam was conducted, and the results were given to Sgt. Wright. Photographs were taken and kept on file at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

Based on the information gathered during his investigation, Sgt. Wright requested an arrest warrant be issued for Curry.

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