34-year-old Daniel Simmons, the Deputy Attorney General of Delaware’s Department of Justice, has been accused of raping a 16-year-old boy he met on Grindr, CSN Philly reports.
Simmons (pictured) first met the boy back in March. He was arrested last Friday, after a month-long investigation, and charged with four counts of rape in the fourth degree.
On Monday, State Prosecutor Kathleen Jennings announced that Simmons had officially resigned from his position with the Department of Justice, where he had been employed as a prosecutor since 2006.
“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.”
Investigators believe more victims may soon come forward.
This is just the latest in a string of alleged sexual assaults connected to dating apps. Last month, a 34-year-old Canadian man said he was sexually assaulted and robbed by a man he met on Grindr. And earlier this year, adult film actor Mike Dozer was accused on raping a 14-year-old boy he met on Jack’D.
@hrnpip: What are underage age kids doing on dating apps? What are they doing taking drugs? Using alcohol? Sneaking out of their parents’ house at night? Being places they’re not supposed to be? You might as well be asking “what are teeangers doing acting like teenagers?” Why some gay men insist on putting their fates in the hands of teenagers continues to mystify me.
@Throbert McGee: “I didn’t know” is not a valid excuse for statutory rape according to case law. Now, if it turns out the “victim” looks much older than he is — which is possible because Grindr boots profiles that even look underage until ID is provided — or that the defendant asked his age and was lied to, then he might get some leniency from the court. So I guess to answer your question on who checks the ID of hookups, I don’t know. But if your date looks anywhere near 14 years old, or if he sounds like an 8th grader, maybe that would be the time to ask, or better yet, walk away.
@Throbert McGee: You can’t be both foolish and blameless in a situation. In such a case, you are to blame at least for your foolishness.
@bnard620: If the “late teen” is a minor child under the age of consent in that jurisdisction, it does, in fact, make it legally wrong.
That question might be moot in this case, as investigating officials are arresting that the respondent was actively seeking underage boys and was told by the petitioner that he was 16 years old.
@NumberOne69: Thank you for this clear headed response. It’s clear that some gay guys with a NAMBLA fixation want to excuse, defend, and rationalize their irresponsible choices. It’s time they own up to and accept the risks they are taking by forgoing the millions of gay adults to hookup with teenagers and kids and stop blaming double-standards and claiming witch hunts and homophobia.
The trouble that Bryan Singer and others of his ilk are in is a result of their own irresponsibility, and they need to stop trying to draw all gay men into their web of unwise choices. The trouble they are increasingly in has nothing to do with them being gay. It has everything to do with their inability to do a cost-benefit analysis on mixing sex with adolescents.
Most gay adult men do not have hards on for kids. Those who do but fail to exercise due diligence in determining whether the kid is nature enough to handle it or whether the kid is going to get them in a mess of trouble deserve no sympathy.