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Ruckersville man charged with array of child sex crimes

A Ruckersville man has been arrested and held without bail on an array of child sexual abuse allegations.

The 56-year-old man, Scott Anthony Simpkins, faces two counts each of child sodomy, indecent liberties and aggravated sexual battery with a child under the age of 13.

He was indicted by an Albemarle County grand jury on Aug. 7, arrested on Aug. 18 and has been held since then without bail at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail. Because this was a direct indictment, there’s little in the court file detailing the allegations other than the grand jury’s assertion that Simpkins committed the alleged crimes between Jan. 1, 2016, and Jan. 1, 2020.

He is being represented by the Office of the Public Defender, but in keeping with her policy not to comment on pending cases, the leader of that office, Liz Murtagh, declined comment to The Daily Progress. The county prosecutor who typically handles sex crimes, Alicia Milligan, expressed a similar policy when contacted by The Daily Progress.

State records indicate that Simpkins was the subject of three protective orders issued by the Charlottesville Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court about 20 years ago. By his own account, according to a document filed with the Albemarle County Circuit Court, he is also the subject of a pending protective order in Yorktown.

However, he has no prior criminal record.

Simpkins reported to the court that he worked as a taxi driver for the past five years.

He faces a jury trial on Jan. 10, 2024.


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