Boys & Girls Club teen program director arrested on attempted sodomy charge

The teen program director at the Boys & Girls Club in Grants Pass was arrested Monday on allegations of attempted sexual contact with a 16-year-old boy.

James “Jamie” Curry, 37, was taken into custody at Grants Pass High School, where police said he attempted to meet the teen. He was booked on several initial charges, including luring and attempted sodomy, but since has been released. The charges could be altered by the Josephine County District Attorney’s Office.

In a statement, Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Diann Gilbertson said staff were notified by police of the arrest and that Curry has since been fired.

“We are taking this allegation very seriously and are working with the Police Department as they move forward with their investigation,” she wrote. “At this time, we know only what was shared in the police report and have no additional information regarding these allegations.”

According to police, the case began Friday after staff at GPHS reported the teenager had disclosed that Curry had propositioned him in the course of multiple phone and text conversations, including a request for a picture of the boy’s genitalia.

Police said Curry met with the teenager outside the Boys & Girls Club on Southeast Ninth Street on at least one occasion. On Monday, Curry was arrested at the high school, after attempting to meet the boy there.

In a news release, police said the arrest “thwarted” an attempt by Curry “to engage in deviate sexual conduct” with the teenager.

The agency also said it is further investigating whether there may be any other possible victims. The case is assigned to Detective John Lohrfink, who can be reached at 541-450-6343.

In her statement, Gilbertson said staff at the Boys & Girls Club undergo criminal background checks and that staff sign a code of conduct that prohibits them from being alone with youngsters.

Gilbertson previously spoke about Curry’s past, which included prison time for theft convictions that Curry has blamed on drug addiction.

In a 2015 story in the Daily Courier about Curry’s effort at redemption, Gilbertson said the Grants Pass native passed an extensive background check because his criminal record did not include assaults or any violent crimes.

“He was very open about his background and the poor choices he made,” she said at the time. “He has done his time. He has a past, but we all believe in second chances and we don’t want those mistakes to define us.

“He will use that knowledge and experience to help out the next generation. He will change someone’s life eventually.”

In October, Curry said during a drug addiction presentation to the Young Marines that recovery is a daily struggle and that he regretted the pain he had caused his family in the past.