Peoria car dealer Jason Simpson to be sentenced for sexually abusing two underage girls

Posted at 9:22 PM, Jan 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-06 08:41:25-05

After three investigations over a dozen years and a plea deal, 47-year-old Jason Simpson will be sentenced on Jan. 6 for crimes involving two teenage girls. 

Simpson's online resume depicts him as a pillar of the West Valley community: the owner of New Deal Used Cars on Glendale Avenue and a contributor to large charities like the Boys and Girls Club and the Red Cross.  

But Simpson seemed to have a double life. According to court records, Simpson was previously arrested for sex crimes against a minor in 2003 and was investigated for sexual exploitation of a minor in 2006. 

According to his current attorney Jason Lamm, the charges in 2003 were dropped. Lamm declined to comment further on the current case until it is over.  

The current case stems from a July 2015 arrest. Detectives said in court documents that Simpson provided edible marijuana to two underage girls on several occasions, in addition to sexually abusing and exploiting them.

Court documents also claimed he threatened to harm one of the victims if she ever told anyone. 

ABC15 spoke to the parent of one of Simpson's alleged victims. To protect the victim, we are not identifying the parent or when the alleged abuse happened.  

"He is, to me, a true monster," described the parent.

"He had the fun party house I guess that everyone wanted to be at -- he would buy all the kids things..." said the parent of one victim in an incident involving Simpson.

Under a plea agreement, Simpson admitted to sexual conduct with two underage girls but not to giving them drugs. 

"He steals their life, their heart, their soul, their trust -- he took it all," the parent said. "There's been a lot of dark moments where you can't say anything. You just have to hold (them)." 

Simpson now faces prison time and a lifetime of probation.