Preacher who molested more than a dozen children found dead inside prison 'with his head caved in'
76-year-old Clinton Don Simpson, formerly an instructor at Brown Trail Church of Christ in Bedford, was found dead after he suffered blunt force injuries to the head
A former preacher who owned a kiddie train complex and has been accused of molesting more than a dozen children was found beaten to death in jail. 76-year-old Clinton Don Simpson from North Texas was found with a part of his head caved-in after he suffered blunt force injuries to the head, the medical examiner's report said. He was charged with molesting children who attended parties at his miniature train complex called Mr. Don's Whistle Shop.
CBS Local reported that he had built the complex in his yard in Keller. After the man was arrested in 2007, he faced more than a dozen charges of aggravated sexual assault, indecency with a child or sexual abuse.
The Star-Telegram reported that the pedophile spent several years in state hospitals because he had been found too incompetent to stand trial for the charges but was reportedly sent back to the Tarrant County Jail, Texas, in July. The spokesperson for the Tarrant County district attorney's office, Sam Jordan, said: "He was recently found competent and returned [to prison]."
The paper also reported that 42-year-old David Faustino Flores from Fort Worth was put in prison on the charge of injuring an elderly man. He has now been accused of killing "one of Tarrant County’s most notorious accused child molesters".
Mike Simonds, senior chief of the Tarrant County Sheriff's Office, said that Flores has since been arraigned on a charge of murder in connection with Simpson's death on November 7. The bond has been set at £38,400 ($50,000).
The Texas Rangers have said that the convicted pedophile was attacked in the prison at around 2:20 am on November 7 inside the prison in Fort Worth. He was pronounced dead at 3:09 am that same day.
Simpson's miniature train operation was shut down in 2007 after he surrendered to the authorities when a parent called 911 and reported that there was alleged "inappropriate touching" of pre-school-age girls. According to court records from that time, the prosecutors filed ten aggravated sexual assault of a child charges, three indecency/fondling charges, and one continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14 charge.
A friend of Simpson's family, Faces Bobo, told the Star-Telegram that, “he was a wonderful family man who was very kind. He so loved God and his family”. Bobo said Simpson had been a “great preacher” and was formerly an instructor at Brown Trail Church of Christ in Bedford.