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Unavailable witness stalls ex-coach’s case

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

 

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.

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5 Responses to Unavailable witness stalls ex-coach’s case

  1. Valerie

    June 16, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Important to note that he is still under judges orders to have “NO CONTACT” with minors. Anyone that has seen him with minors should contact the Pulaski PD Detective Riggins. Sad story we all wish was over

  2. Janine Griffin

    June 16, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims. Delays just cause more apprehension for victims and witnesses. Also, there should be laws about monitoring individuals like this man while waiting, to assure no more victims…We as adults have a responsibility to protect children no matter what.

  3. Karen

    June 16, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    I would think the fact that he is still UNDER JUDGE’S ORDERS TO HAVE NO CONTACT WITH MINORS, would be something the public should know..

  4. Valerie

    June 21, 2014 at 9:17 am

    We teach our children “Stranger Danger” we need to teach them about people like this also.

  5. Virginia

    June 25, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    The article imples “indecent acts with a “minor” the case involves two minors. one which was in his custody. The class 6 involves one person the two class fives involve a child that was in his custody.

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