Delaware prosecutor charged in rape of teen

May 5, 2014 2:11:54 PM PDT
A Deputy Attorney General in Delaware has resigned after being charged with the rape of a 16-year-old boy.

34-year-old Daniel Simmons from the 5400 block of North Tupelo Turn (Tupelo Ridge) in Wilmington, is charged with four counts of rape in the fourth degree.

New Castle County Detectives concluded their investigation on Friday, and then notified the Department of Justice, who in turn quickly approved Simmons' arrest.

The arrest affidavit claims that Simmons engaged in a sexual encounter with a New York University student and the 16-year-old male victim.

The affidavit goes on to claim that the victim met the college student, identified only as "Matt", on the social network app Grindr, and agreed to meet.

Matt allegedly picked the teen up after school on March 16th and took him to Simmons' house.

A staff member at the 16-year-old's school learned of the incident and then alerted authorities on March 26th.

Daniel Simmons, a Deputy Attorney General assigned to the New Castle County Misdemeanor Trial Unit, resigned from his position on Monday.

State Prosecutor Kathleen Jennings released a statement, which reads:

"The Department of Justice today secured Daniel Simmons' immediate resignation. 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."

Investigators are asking that any other victims to please come forward and contact the New Castle County Police Department at 395-8110.


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