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Dayton man charged with child rape in jail on $500,000 bond

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Dayton Daily News reporters are holding accountable area agencies tasked with keeping children safe from abuse or neglect, and investigating whether their decisions have left children at risk.Here is a timeline of our recent coverage:

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A man who authorities say raped a child put in his care by Children Services is now in jail and being held on $500,000 bond.

Teaven Curtiss, 50, was indicted on one count of rape (child under 10) and one count of gross sexual imposition (child under 13) in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. According to court records, he made an appearance in court on July 7 in which he pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutor: Red flags before young child raped

He was booked into the Montgomery County Jail earlier this month and is due back in court on July 28 for a scheduling conference, according to court records.

Jail records indicate Curtiss was arrested by Dayton Police downtown. Court records did not list a defense attorney for Curtiss on Wednesday.

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The Dayton Daily News exclusively reported on the case in March. In a police report obtained by the newspaper, Dayton police alleged two children were placed by Children Services in a home with sexual assault suspects. The report says before Montgomery County Children Services placed the children in his home, Curtiss was the suspect of multiple sex-related crimes dating back to 2006 but was never convicted.

Timeline of Dayton Daily News coverage of children services controversy

Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. issued a statement after Curtiss was indicted.

“If those responsible would have heeded the red flags present, the abuse this child suffered may never have happened,” he said. “This is another tragic child abuse case, showing that we must be vigilant, and continue to put in extra care and effort, which anyone involved in these types of cases should expect. Children deserve no less.”

Police: Children Services placed 2 kids in home with sexual assault suspects

Montgomery County Children Services released a statement then about the case.

“The Dayton Police Department released a confidential police report to the media. Our agency has requested a copy of this report, but the prosecutor’s office denied our request on the basis that the report was confidential. We cannot take action or comment on a report we have not seen,” Kevin Lavoie, public information officer, said.