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Ellsworth man arrested for criminal sexual conduct

ELLSWORTH — Douglas Simpson, 20, of Ellsworth was arrested Wednesday after being accused of sexual conduct with a 15-year-old girl.

Simpson is charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct in the third degree. The felonies carry a penalty of up to 15 years in prison, a fine of up to $30,000 or both.

According to the criminal complaint, the Nobles County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint of criminal sexual conduct at 1:43 a.m. Wednesday. A deputy spoke with Simpson soon after the report was made. Simpson allegedly told the officer to handcuff him and take him to jail.

Simpson told the law enforcement officer he had made out with a girl at the football field and confessed to digitally penetrating her. He also told the officer that he was 20 years old and the female was 15.

When the victim was interviewed, she said she’d asked Simpson repeatedly to stop and that he had used his weight on top of her, saying “Shh, don’t struggle, it will all be OK.” She added Simpson had removed her shorts and underwear and had penetrated her digitally.

Following his arrest, Simpson was transported to the Nobles County Jail. He was read his Miranda rights, and he agreed to speak with the arresting officer.

Simpson told the deputy that he and the victim had talked and started kissing. He then said he went too far, stating that being a 20-year-old man he should have stopped because “she is only 15 years old.”

He again admitted to the penetration and that she had asked him to stop. He also corroborated the victim’s account of her pants and underwear being pulled down, but the court documents do not say he admitted to being the one who pulled them down.

Simpson made an appearance Thursday in Nobles County District Court for a bail hearing before Judge Terry Vajgrt. Vajgrt set bond for Simpson at $10,000 with conditions or $50,000 without. If released, Simpson is not to have contact with the victim, is not allowed access to or use of the Internet without approval and may not possess or use any pornographic or sexually explicit material.

Simpson is scheduled to appear again in Nobles County District Court in July. He is currently being held in the Nobles County Jail.

Robin Baumgarn

Robin Baumgarn is a new reporter for the Daily Globe covering the Education and Northwest Iowa beats. Prior to coming to the Globe, she worked for the Ocheyedan Press-Melvin News, a weekly Iowa paper for three years. She is a 2012 graduate of Iowa Lakes Community College and lives in Northwest Iowa with her husband Ryan and three pets, Fidget, Missy and Samwise.

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