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Simmons sees charges dropped but is still to serve 48 years
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Child molestation charges against a former youth minister claiming he molested members of his congregation have been dropped.The defendant, Jeffery Simmons, 47, will still have to serve 48 years in prison despite the dismissal of the charges. The 48 years, which must be served in their entirety, come for his conviction on charges of molesting an 8-year-old girl.Simmons has been behind bars since 2000 when he was arrested amid allegations he molested several female members of the Gath Baptist Church youth group when he was youth minister there. The victims, all under the age of 13, claimed they had been molested to varying degrees by Simmons who continues to deny his involvement.