A 61-year-old Richfield man is in jail following a reported assault June 25, in a storage shed in Sevier County.

Russell Curtis is facing charges of object rape, forcible sexual abuse, theft and unlawful detention, according to a probable cause statement filed by the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office. 

In the affidavit, it is stated that Curtis had the victim meet him at a storage unit to look at a washer and dryer. 

Once inside the storage unit, Curtis is accused of closing the door and blocking the victim’s way out. The report describes Curtis allegedly ripping off the victim’s clothing. He also allegedly described seeing patients at a rehab facility without clothes when he worked there, as well as coercing females to let him see them undress. 

After the alleged assault, the victim was allowed to leave and later called police and was evaluated at Sevier Valley Hospital for possible injuries. 

A search warrant was obtained for the storage unit as well as for Curtis’s truck, where the victim’s purse was found.

“There was a lot of corroborating evidence discovered by officers at the scene,” Sevier County Sheriff Nate Curtis said. “We applaud the victim for having the bravery to come forward.”

The victim told police that Russell had threatened to kill her and members of her family. 

He was arraigned in Sixth District Court Tuesday.

Sheriff Curtis said the investigation is continuing.

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