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Former Marine convicted of molesting 2 teenage girls

October 16, 2009 |  7:58 pm

A Norwalk jury today convicted a former Marine of molesting two teenage girls who he met as a volunteer junior ROTC drill instructor.

Jurors deliberated for less than a day before convicting Ross Jay Curtis, 24, of several felonies involving a 13-year-old girl and a 15-year old girl, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Trudi White-Black.

Curtis was found guilty of two counts of lewd acts upon a child, one count of sending harmful matter, one count of sexual penetration by a foreign object and two counts of oral copulation of a person under 16. He faces up to 12 years and eight months in state prison when he is sentenced Dec. 1 in Norwalk

Curtis was court-martialed in 2006 for sexual misconduct involving three female subordinates. In May 2006, he met the 13-year-old victim at a three-day youth camp and then began sending her salacious e-mails.

Two months later, he attended a career-day event at her middle school and later had sex with the victim, prosecutors said. In March 2007, Curtis met the 15-year-old victim at another youth camp and had sex with her while on the grounds, prosecutors said.

—Richard Winton