Etowah Co. man arrested, charged with possible child sex abuse

CHAMBERS COUNTY, AL (WTVM) - On or about Feb. 8, the Chambers County Sheriff's Office received a report of possible child sexual abuse.

In that report, James Patrick Simms was named as a suspect.

Simms used to control all aspects of Chambers County government business. Now, he's been booked into the Chambers County Jail and made bond for allegedly sexually abusing a child less than the age of 12.

Over the following weeks, the initial allegations were investigated by members of the Chambers Co. Criminal Investigations Division. The result of that investigation was a warrant for Simms' arrest for sexual abuse of a child less than 12 years old being obtained by investigators.

On Feb. 19, Simms surrendered to Investigators at the Chambers County Detention Facility. He was arrested and booked for the above listed charge. Simms posted bond and was released from jail on the same day.

"The child immediately told the mother and the mother initiated the investigation by reporting it to law enforcement," Shannon Rollins said, Investigations Department of Chambers County Sheriff's Office.

Simms' attorney, Skip McCoy, released a statement, saying: "Mr. Simms vehemently denies these atrocious charges. This is nothing but a witchhunt and Mr. Simms is the victim in this case. Once the truth is told we fully expect Mr. Simms to be exonerated from all charges."

Investigators say on February 7th, Simms molested the child while he was driving in a vehicle in the county.The child is not related to Simms. Investigators do expect more victims will come forward.

If anyone has any further information regarding this case or similar incidents, please contact the Chambers County Sheriff's Office or CrimeStoppers.

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