A five-time champion at Grays Harbor Raceway pleaded not guilty on Feb. 4 to third-degree rape of a child for allegations he had sex with a girl who was 14 at the time.
Zack D. Simpson, who just turned 26 last week, is accused of having sex with her on multiple occasions, according to court documents. She recently turned 15 years old.
The girl’s mother told detectives that Simpson had befriended the family over the past six months “and would come over to her residence to watch football and hang out” with the family.
The sexual affair was discovered back in December when the mother left her daughter to watch her younger sibling. Early one morning, the sibling got scared when no one was home and called his mother.
The mother returned home and discovered a note that her daughter went to a friend’s house, but soon discovered text messages showing she had been communicating with Simpson. When the mother picked her up, she denied anything inappropriate had happened, but admitted she had been at his house.
Later, the girl admitted they had sexual intercourse and a personal journal was found talking about the encounters that happened “on at least four separate occasions,” according to the charging papers.
Detectives found text messages between the two of them on cell phones, as well as a school-issued tablet and, Sgt. Shane Krohn with the Hoquiam Police Department found part of a wrapper for a condom in the girl’s notebook, which was collected for evidence.
The charging papers say when Simpson wzs interviewed, he denied having sexual intercourse at anytime with the girl.
Simpson is a five-time Grays Harbor Raceway hobby stock champion, and is currently a modified-class racer at Elma and throughout the Northwest.
Simpson is represented by defense attorney David Hatch.
He has a girlfriend and a 10-month-old son. He’s lived in Hoquiam for three years and works for an auto body repair place. He says in his documents to the court that he’s never been arrested before.
Simpson was released from jail without any bail and ordered not to have unsupervised contact with minors, except his biological child, not to leave the county and not to possess firearms, dangerous weapons or possess or consume alcohol.
The Daily World contributed to this story.