Man arrested after allegedly sexually assaulting teen

47-year-old James Curry (photo credit: Hampton Police)

HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — Police have arrested a man they say sexually assaulted a teenage boy in Hampton.

On Wednesday, police said 47-year-old James Curry went into the bathroom with a 14-year-old at the Hampton Public Library and sexually assaulted him.

Police say it wasn’t the first time Curry assaulted the teen. Investigators believe Curry approached the boy while he was walking on South Back River Road, just four days earlier. According to police, Curry assaulted the boy then as well, but the victim did not report it.

“Due to the nature of a sexual assault in itself, most victims fear for their safety,” Hampton Police Sergeant Jason Price said.

However, the news has one woman changing her routine: “That’s really shocking, really shocking,” Joyce Brown said.

10 On Your Side’s Brandi Cummings asked Sgt. Price what happened and if other parents should be concerned.

“I can’t go into any further information as to how the crime occurred or what actually happened in the crime, due to the nature of the crime and the fact that we don’t want to jeopardize pending prosecution,” Sgt. Price said.

Sgt. Price did tell 10 On Your Side police do not think there are any other victims: “There is nothing at this time to indicate that the library isn’t a safe place to go,” he said.

James Curry is facing three counts of indecent liberties on a minor, one count of object sexual penetration and three counts of forcible sodomy. He remains in jail.

Police said they will increase patrols at the library, but the reported crime is enough to make Brown change where she’ll take her niece and nephews.

“I’ll go to the other one because my children feel free to roam around and go in their area. I can sit and wait until they get their books and work on the computer. I don’t feel that safe anymore. I don’t feel that safe,” Brown said.

10 On Your Side saw surveillance cameras inside and outside of the Hampton Public Library and wanted to know more about what, if anything, the library is doing to protect children. City of Hampton Spokesperson, Robin McCormick wouldn’t go on camera and she told us the Director of the Library was unavailable to make a statement Friday.

10 On Your Side will keep trying to get those answers.

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