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Carlie Trent's uncle now charged with rape, sexual battery

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A Hawkins County man accused of kidnapping a young girl in May faces additional charges, according to a source.

Gary Simpson now is being charged with three counts of rape of a child and three counts of aggravated sexual battery. He's being held in lieu of $1 million bond.

Simpson is due in Hawkins County Criminal Court on Friday.

Hawkins County Criminal Court Judge John Dugger has issued gag order.

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Authorities allege Simpson kidnapped the girl from school in May and kept her for about nine days on private property near Clinch Mountain in the northern part of Hawkins County.

They were the subject of a large hunt that included the TBI in East Tennessee.

Several men found Simpson and the girl while searching remote parts of the county. One of them held Simpson at gun point while the other called 911 and rescued the girl.

The men donated a reward for finding the girl to a charity.

WBIR contributed to this story.

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