Deputy AG Charged with Raping Teen

Deputy AG Charged with Raping Teen
May 5, 2014, 9:38 pm
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A high-ranking Delaware official was arrested on Friday after he allegedly raped a teenager he met through a popular dating app.

Daniel Simmons, 34, of Wilmington, Delaware Is accused of raping a 16-year-old. Simmons is a Deputy Attorney General at Delaware’s Department of Justice.

Investigators believe Simmons met the teen victim via the popular gay dating and hookup app “Grindr.” Police have not yet revealed the other circumstances that led to the alleged rape in order to protect the victim’s identity.

Simmons was arrested and charged with four counts of rape in the fourth degree. His bail information has not yet been made available.

Simmons was placed on administrative leave on Friday. On Monday, State Prosecutor Kathleen Jennings announced that he resigned from his position.

"The Department of Justice today secured Daniel Simmons' immediate resignation," Jennings said in a released statement. "We are deeply disturbed by the conduct alleged in this case. We are most concerned for the welfare of the victim.  This case will be vigorously pursued to justice.  Ethically we are prohibited from saying more."

Simmons had been employed as a prosecutor in the Department of Justice since 2006. He was assigned to the New Castle County Misdemeanor Trial Unit.

Investigators are urging any other alleged victims of Simmons to come forward and contact the New Castle County Police Department at 302-395-8110.

Photo Credit: New Castle County Police
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