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Rape case sent to grand jury

Published 10:33am Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Teresa Moore


An Ironton man accused of raping a toddler and a West Virginia man accused of armed robbery had their cases sent to the Lawrence County Grand Jury Monday.

Jeremy Curry, of 1324 S. First St., Ironton, waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Lawrence County Municipal Court and agreed to have a grand jury examine the case against him. Curry was arrested Sept. 7 and charged with first-degree rape. The complaint filed against him states that Curry “did engage in sexual conduct with a 2-year-old juvenile.”

Also Monday, Judge Donald R. Capper found there was probable cause to send to the grand jury the case against Joshua Adam Burrett, of 1010 Libby Lane, Barboursville, W.Va., who is accused of holding up Dave’s Exxon in Chesapeake Aug. 27.

During a preliminary hearing, Lawrence County Sheriff’s Detective Aaron Bollinger testified Burrett had allegedly gone to the convenience store on Third Avenue and left. Then he allegedly came back, showed the cashier a gun tucked under his shirt and demanded money.

Authorities used the surveillance tape from that store and others near it, as well as from businesses in West Virginia that Burrett allegedly also robbed, to lead them to the man.

Bollinger testified that Burrett told authorities he had been smoking synthetic marijuana and could not remember the incident in Chesapeake.

“He said he woke up the morning after the crime and he had an extra $100,” Bollinger told the court. “He said he didn’t remember (what he had done).”

Bollinger said authorities also went to Burrett’s mother’s house in Barboursville and found the clothing Burrett was allegedly wearing at the time of the robberies — a baseball cap and a shirt with palm trees — that were identified in the surveillance tapes.

Both Burrett and Curry remain in the Lawrence County Jail.

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