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Man pleads not guilty to inappropriately touching 5-year-old girl

James Cureton (Source: Columbus Police Department) James Cureton (Source: Columbus Police Department)
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

The man accused of setting fire to his mother's house back in 2010 is now charged with aggravated sexual battery and sodomy. Police say that he inappropriately touched a 5-year-old girl.

James Cureton made his first appearance in Recorder's Court Thursday morning and pleaded not guilty.

A victim, his ex-girlfriend who he lived with at the time, told the judge he raped her when she was in-and-out of consciousness caused by her sleeping medicine, and later bragged about it.

She continued to say that she was afraid of him.

The judge granted a $50,000 bond for the sodomy charge, but the bond for his aggravated sex battery charge was denied.

That case is still under investigation.

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