Date: August 25, 2001 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Scott Wilder, (863) 534-6299 or (941) 820-1198 pager

Dundee Police Officer Mack Nathaniel Simpkins Arrested for Having Unlawful Sex with Two Underage Girls

A Dundee police officer was arrested early this morning on five counts of Unlawful Sexual Activity with a Minor (Felony 2, FSS 794.05).  Police Officer Mack Nathaniel Simpkins of Davenport, age 24, was booked into the Polk County Jail this morning at 6:00 a.m. and is being held on $25,000 bond.

Polk County Sheriff's Office detectives began an investigation yesterday after receiving information alleging Officer Simpkins had sex with an underage girl.  Detectives interviewed two girls, ages 16 and 17, both from the east Polk County area.

The 17-year-old girl advised she had sexual intercourse and engaged in oral sex with Officer Simpkins at his residence in Davenport in late June and early July, 2001.  She had met Officer Simpkins when he had stopped her for a traffic violation while he was working as a Police Officer.  She said that she continued to see the Officer around the area, and they eventually exchanged phone numbers.

The 16-year-old girl advised she had sexual intercourse with Officer Simpkins at his residence during early June, 2001.  She advised detectives that she met Officer Simpkins while he was investigating a traffic crash in which she was involved.  She said that they exchanged telephone numbers.  She said she was later contacted by Officer Simpkins.

During an interview with detectives today, and after he was advised of his rights (Miranda Warning), Officer Simpkins told detectives he met the 17-year-old girl after he issued her a traffic citation.  He admitted to having sexual intercourse and oral sex with her at his residence.  He also said he had sexual intercourse with her at her residence.  He also admitted to meeting the 16-year-old while investigating a crash and that they exchanged telephone numbers.  Officer Simpkins admitted to having sexual intercourse with the 16-year-old girl at his residence.  The Officer admitted to engaging in sex with the girls on five occasions.  He has been charged with five counts of Unlawful Sexual Activity with a Minor.  The sexual encounters with the girls apparently occurred while the Officer was off duty, according to investigators.

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