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Jail employee faces felony charges for sexual misconduct with prisoner

by: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Jill Ann Curry, a longtime technician at the Washington County Jail, pleaded not guilty Monday to six counts of first-degree custodial sexual misconduct with an inmate.Jill Ann Curry, a longtime technician at the Washington County Jail, was accused of six counts of first-degree custodial sexual misconduct with an inmate. The charges are Class C felonies.

Curry is also charged with 22 additional crimes.

She quietly pleaded not guilty in a courtroom at the Washington County Jail Monday morning as her attorney, Leonard J. Kovac Jr., stood by her side. Washington County Circuit Judge Beth Roberts presided.

Curry, 38, was arrested July 8, eight days after the Washington County Sheriff’s Office received information that warranted an investigation. The civilian employee's court credentials were taken away at that time and she was released after posting bail.

Additional counts were filed July 28, including six for second-degree custodial sexual misconduct (a misdemeanor); 13 counts of first-degree official misconduct (misdemeanors); and two counts of identity theft (Class C felonies).

The sexual misconduct incidents are alleged to have occurred between May 25 and July 3, 2014. The identity theft is alleged to have occurred when Curry attempted to send mail and money to an inmate using another person’s personal identification.

The inmate in the case testified to a Washington County grand jury, along with six other witnesses.

According to public records, Curry most recently lived in Portland's Parkrose Heights neighborhood.

After Monday's arraignment, she was booked into the county jail and released about an hour later, accompanied by a female acquaintance. Court documents show a security amount of $175,000. Curry paid 10 percent of her original $120,000 bail prior to the arraignment.

A pretrial conference is scheduled for Aug. 25.