Lower Allen commissioner resigns amid assault charges

Carlisle/West Shore

CAMP HILL, Pa. (WHTM) – A township official in Cumberland County has stepped down following his arrest for assaulting a woman in a store parking lot.

Jack Simpson, a Lower Allen Township commissioner, submitted his resignation on Monday.

Simpson was running for re-election. His name will appear on the Republican ballot in Tuesday’s primary because it is too late to remove it.

Simpson, 53, is charged with simple assault and harassment regarding an incident May 3 at the Walmart near Camp Hill.

Lower Allen police said a woman known to Simpson reported that she was sitting in her car when Simpson pulled next to her, approached her driver’s side, and began yelling at her.

She said Simpson called her vulgar names, so she slapped him in the face. Simpson responded, she said, by punching her numerous times in the head, face, and upper body. 

Simpson told officers he went to the store with the intent of confronting the victim. He said when she slapped him, he reacted by punching her approximately four times in the head. 

Police said surveillance video confirmed the assault.

The woman suffered visible redness and bruising to her check, a swollen lip, and a cut on the inside of her mouth.

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