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A La Crosse man charged with assaulting and planning to kill a woman in February faces a new charge that accuses him of molesting a girl, according to court records.

The victim told authorities that Gregory Simmons, 31, forced sexual contact about 10 times between December 2016 and November 2017, beginning when she was 9 years old, according to the complaint filed Friday in La Crosse County Circuit Court.

The girl pretended to sleep through the assaults, which Simmons told her not to report, the complaint stated.

She disclosed the assault in February after her mother read a text message from the girl’s friend.

Simmons is charged with repeated sexual assault of a child as a repeat offender.

Prosecutors earlier this year filed four charges against Simmons after a woman reported that he punched and strangled her inside his car in La Crosse on Feb. 18.

He then forced her into to his apartment at 1243 Green Bay St., where she felt sex with Simmons was her only option to escape, according to the complaint. He later told her that he was taking her to southeastern Wisconsin, where he would force her to work as a prostitute before killing her, according to the complaint.

They stopped at the Kwik Trip at 4605 Mormon Coulee Road, where the woman was able to discretely alert an employee that she was being held against her will. The employee hid her in a walk-in cooler and called police.

Simmons posted his $5,000 cash bond on April 2 after it was reduced from $25,000. He is jailed now on a $10,000 cash bond.

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Police and courts reporter

Anne Jungen covers law enforcement and the criminal justice system in La Crosse County. She joined the Tribune reporting staff in December 2005. You can contact her directly at ajungen@lacrossetribune.com or 608-791-8224.