East Petersburg man arrested for child sexual abuse


A Lancaster County man is accused of having sexual contact with a 9-year-old girl.

John R. Simson, 65, of East Petersburg, is charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, indecent assault, unlawful contact with a minor, and corruption of minors.

Manheim Township police accuse Simson of having sexual contact with the girl from March 2017 to April 2018, when she disclosed the abuse to a mandated reporter.

Simson was interviewed by detectives and admitted to the crimes, police said.

He was released from custody after posting $50,000 bail.

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