Man charged with molesting child

Monday, July 21, 2003

GREEN FOREST ---- A Green Forest man was arrested on Tuesday, charged with sexual indecency with a child for allegedly having consensual sex with a 14 year-old girl.

According to Sgt. Brad Handley, Curtis Combs, 35, had hired the teenage girl to babysit his children during the summer of 2001 and allegedly had sex with her during that time.

Handley said the girl came forward last month to report the encounter. As a result, an investigation was initiated by Handley and Amber Collins, with the Arkansas State Police Crimes Against Children unit.

"During the investigation, Combs was interviewed by Collins and allegedly admitted to having consensual sex with the girl," Handley said.

"Because he was in his 30s and she was less than 15, the law says he's to be charged with sexual indecency with a child," he explained.

Handley added that Combs was told by phone that a warrant had been issued for his arrest and he voluntarily turned himself in to the Sheriff's Office.

He was booked in the county jail.

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