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Ex-coach jailed on new charges

Simpson, Russell Keith 2014By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

A former recreation soccer coach awaiting trial in Pulaski County on three counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor is back in jail; now facing three new charges in Giles County.

Pulaski County Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Fleenor has been named special prosecutor for the Giles County charges filed against 44-year-old Russell Keith Simpson of Pulaski. Fleenor said the new charges were filed after a complainant came forward regarding incidents that allegedly occurred in the 1990s.

The website for New River Valley Regional Jail shows Simpson was incarcerated July 11 on two counts of sexual assault on a child under the age of 13 and one count of taking indecent liberties with a minor. The offense date for all three charges is listed as May 1, 1998.

The incidents for which Simpson already was awaiting trial in Pulaski County are alleged to have occurred in 2006 and 2010. A Sept. 19 trial date has been set for those charges.

Simpson is now being held without bond, according to the jail’s website. He had been free on a $5,000 unsecured bond prior to his arrest, with a special condition that he be prohibited from contact with any minors other than his immediate family members.

In May 2013, a county official said Simpson served as a volunteer soccer coach with the county’s recreation program for six years, but was no longer allowed to coach beyond the fall 2012 season after the county became aware he was under investigation for alleged sex acts involving children.

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