July 16, 2005

Jury still deliberating fate of self-proclaimed pastor

Savannah Morning News

A Chatham County jury will continue deliberations at 9 a.m. Monday about a Savannah man charged with molesting four girls over six years.

The jury was excused Friday for the weekend.

Prosecutors had said James Simpson often prayed and read Scriptures with the girls after assaulting them. During the period he was molesting them, he reportedly also encouraged the four girls to attend church and sing in the choir.

In October 2003, a Chatham County grand jury indicted Simpson, 69, of the 700 block of East 39th Street, on 19 counts of child molestation and sexual acts. The indictment charges a single count each of aggravated sexual battery and statutory rape, three counts of aggravated child molestation and four counts of enticing a child for indecent purposes.

Posted by kshaw at July 16, 2005 08:06 AM