Miss. mayor accused of sex assault on inmate

By The Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — William Grady Sims, who’s the mayor of Walnut Grove and former warden of Walnut Grove Transition Center, has been charged with sexually assaulting an inmate and trying to cover it up.

U.S. Attorney John Dowdy and Daniel McMullen, the top FBI agent in Mississippi, announced Sims’ indictment Tuesday in a news release.

Sims was freed on a $10,000 bond after a hearing Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Jackson. A trial date for was set for Jan. 9.

The indictment says the eight-term mayor sexually assaulted the inmate in November 2009. Sims also is charged with telling the inmate to lie to investigators in March 2010.

Sims didn’t immediately respond to messages Tuesday. A call to his attorney wasn’t answered. The lawyer’s voice mailbox was full.