By MELINDA WILLIAMS
The indecent liberties case of former Pulaski County recreation league soccer coach Russell Keith Simpson was postponed Friday due to an unavailable witness.
Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Marcus Long Jr. agreed to continue the case over the prosecution’s objection. Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Naomi Huntington wanted to proceed because a prosecution witness came to court Friday from out of town, but the defense said a hospitalized witness who wasn’t available is crucial to the defense’s case.
Although Long approved the continuance, if the out-of-town witness isn’t available for trial Sept. 19, he said the delay will be “charged” to the defense in terms of meeting speedy trial requirements. The case is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sept. 19.
Simpson, 44, is charged with three counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor in connection with alleged incidents that date back to 2006. Two incidents allegedly occurred in 2006 and one in 2010.
County officials said Simpson served as a volunteer soccer coach for the recreation department for six years, but once they became aware of the investigation, he was no longer allowed to coach.
The identities of the two children involved in the case have been withheld due to their ages at the time of the alleged offenses.