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Delaware Deputy Attorney General Charged with Rape of Teen He Met on Grindr

Daniel simmonsDaniel Simmons, 34, a deputy attorney general for the state of Delaware, has been accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy, New Castle County Police Officer Tracey Duffey said.

The News Journal reports that the investigation began in March after police learned of the incident involving the teen, who Simmons met through the social media app Grindr.

Simmons was charged with four counts of fourth-degree rape. He has been placed on administrative leave and police are asking anyone with information about him or other victims to contact New Castle County Police Department.

The paper adds:

As state Attorney General, Beau Biden in 2007 established the state Child Predator Unit within the Attorney General's Office with investigators who concentrated on proactively identifying child predators over the internet, while aggressively investigating and prosecuting traditional crimes against children.

Biden has issued no comments on the charges.

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  1. How was this 16 year old able to use grindr? Its terms of service state no one under 18 years of age may use the service and no photos of anyone under 18 may appear on grindr.

    I understand security is not perfect and if the 16 year old lied in order to have access there's not much anyone can do. It appears the 16 year old waded into waters a bit too deep ignoring all the warning signs.

    Also, it's not a social media app; it's a socially sexual media app.

    Posted by: Lucca | May 5, 2014 11:54:16 AM


  2. Always ask for ID. DOH!

    Posted by: Michael Barber | May 5, 2014 12:08:22 PM


  3. Right, lets blame the 16 year old for a mature man's lack of good judgement.

    Posted by: Jay | May 5, 2014 12:11:36 PM


  4. In Delaware, this wouldn't actually be rape if it was consensual and if the A. General was under 30. But, because he is 34 it is. Seems like a weird law.

    Posted by: Nate | May 5, 2014 12:12:43 PM


  5. As a deputy attorney general, "precaution", especially in the case of young men, should have been his guide. If not, woe unto Mr. Simmons for accepting the word of a 16 year old.

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | May 5, 2014 12:13:45 PM


  6. It's pretty obvious the kid lied about his age. DON'T TRUST TWINKS.

    Posted by: John | May 5, 2014 12:14:06 PM


  7. Why is a 16 y/o on Grindr?

    Posted by: Ted | May 5, 2014 12:15:04 PM


  8. @Jay..."Right, lets blame the 16 year old for a mature man's lack of good judgement. " How would he know if this person was 16, 18, 76? He wouldn't. Here's a shocker...people lie.
    Second of all, why is a 16 y/o on the Grindr app to begin with???

    Posted by: Ted | May 5, 2014 12:17:56 PM


  9. @Jay: No we should blame the kid for lying about his age and using services that are clearly for people over the age of 18.

    Posted by: John | May 5, 2014 12:18:18 PM


  10. " four counts "....does that mean it happened on 4 occasions ?

    Posted by: mac | May 5, 2014 12:21:50 PM


  11. No one is blaming the 16 year old; it's merely a question of intent. What was he on grindr for? What is anyone on grindr for? It's not as if the 34 year old man started flirting over facebook, instagram, or snapchat; it was grindr, which is used for the potential of a physical encounter.

    Posted by: Lucca | May 5, 2014 12:23:48 PM


  12. @Nate - The age of consent in Delaware (and 11 other states) is 18. By statute (Delaware Code, Title 11, § 770), "intentionally engaging in sexual intercourse with someone who is less than 18 years of age where the defendant is 30 years of age or older" is fourth degree rape, a Class C felony. Each count of a Class C felony can result in up to 15 years in prison.

    Unfortunate, but statutory rape is a crime.

    Posted by: Gregory In Seattle | May 5, 2014 12:25:08 PM


  13. TED, like everyone else, the 16 year old was surely on grindr either to meet people, to hook up, to chat, or just out of curiosity. I don't expect he was on grinder to be raped.

    Posted by: Rafael | May 5, 2014 12:26:55 PM


  14. A 16 yo can look 18 or 21 or even 25, especially in the right light. If these two met and the teen consented to it, I don't consider it a crime. The missing details are whether he's being charged with sexual assault and rape merely because the kid is 16--but it would have been fine if the kid was 18. If it was consensual sex, then yes the assistant DA is a chicken hawk. But if the kid lied (especially with proof), the asst. DA is not solely to blame.

    Teens lie to be older all the time---to drink, to be attractive to older people, to enlist in the military for chrissakes. Too many details are unknown here. Did the 16 yo press charges? Was the sexual contact forced? Was the kid restrained or threatened? If the answers are no, or if he only pressed charges after he spread the news about what happened, then I'm sorry if he feels remorse. But it all depends on those issues.

    I sound like a pedophile when in fact I have zero interest in men (or boys) under 30, maybe 28. (And I'm 42.) But do you remember being 16? Or even 14? Do you remember being gay and really wanting to have sex but not having anyone to do it with? Do you think those urges are about 50 times as powerful and easy to realize when sex is available through an app in the palm of your hand and your parents let you drive or at least leave the home?

    I slept with older men (meaning maybe 10 years older) on several occasions in my teens, and not one had any idea how old I was. Lot of kids I know---gay and straight, male and female---were a lot worse than I was. Kids aren't braindead idiots until the day they turn 18. Luckily these days they even know about safe sex. (Though we all know that plenty of people much older know about it and ignore it.)

    That said, if the asst. DA is a hypocritical rapist who targets underage kids, he deserves severe punishment.

    Posted by: Paul R | May 5, 2014 12:31:24 PM


  15. A 16 yo can look 18 or 21 or even 25, especially in the right light. If these two met and the teen consented to it, I don't consider it a crime. The missing details are whether he's being charged with sexual assault and rape merely because the kid is 16--but it would have been fine if the kid was 18. If it was consensual sex, then yes the assistant DA is a chicken hawk. But if the kid lied (especially with proof), the asst. DA is not solely to blame.

    Teens lie to be older all the time---to drink, to be attractive to older people, to enlist in the military for chrissakes. Too many details are unknown here. Did the 16 yo press charges? Was the sexual contact forced? Was the kid restrained or threatened? If the answers are no, or if he only pressed charges after he spread the news about what happened, then I'm sorry if he feels remorse. But it all depends on those issues.

    I sound like a pedophile when in fact I have zero interest in men (or boys) under 30, maybe 28. (And I'm 42.) But do you remember being 16? Or even 14? Do you remember being gay and really wanting to have sex but not having anyone to do it with? Do you think those urges are about 50 times as powerful and easy to realize when sex is available through an app in the palm of your hand and your parents let you drive or at least leave the home?

    I slept with older men (meaning maybe 10 years older) on several occasions in my teens, and not one had any idea how old I was. Lot of kids I know---gay and straight, male and female---were a lot worse than I was. Kids aren't braindead idiots until the day they turn 18. Luckily these days they even know about safe sex. (Though we all know that plenty of people much older know about it and ignore it.)

    That said, if the asst. DA is a hypocritical rapist who targets underage kids, he deserves severe punishment.

    Posted by: Paul R | May 5, 2014 12:31:25 PM


  16. The right wing religious conservative will have a field day with this. Gay men have to use a higher level of scurtiny in these situations otherwise we become foder for hyprocrites and bigots who will say "I told you so."

    Posted by: RKL | May 5, 2014 12:35:11 PM


  17. If you choose to have sex with teenagers than you run the risk of having sex with people that are under age .Now this idiot has lost his job, probably will be convicted, and may lose his law license.Was the sex worth it? Every teenager has lied about his or her age.As adults you have to use your head when you have so much to lose

    Posted by: Kim | May 5, 2014 12:35:44 PM


  18. Hypothesis: You're 34 years old and you go to a bar. You pick someone up. You have sex. The following day your date screams rape and produces his real ID (as opposed to the fake one he used to get into the bar) to the police showing his age to be 16.

    Posted by: Louinlarchmont | May 5, 2014 12:36:47 PM


  19. Yeah I dunno. On the one hand, this attorney should know better than to troll for teenagers, legal or not, on the interwebs. But on the other hand, I rather doubt a 16 year old who independently signed on to Grindr and hooked up with a dude on his own volition, without coercion, is gonna be particularly scarred by this event. I'd imagine the complaint was made by the kid's parents. This isn't to say that any part of this was okay, but it's hardly sounding like a case of some creepy dude forcing himself on someone. The 16 year old bears some of the culpability here.

    Posted by: The Milkman | May 5, 2014 12:39:58 PM


  20. On what planet is Grindr a "social media app"?

    Posted by: Andrew | May 5, 2014 12:40:04 PM


  21. @Andrew: That would be planet Earth. Welcome to our solar system. Enjoy your stay!

    Posted by: John | May 5, 2014 12:42:24 PM


  22. Paul R - the complete lack of rationality and good sense you described is the exact reason statutory rape laws exist. Anyone who remembers what it's like to be a teenager should support these laws.. unless they're a creep. Seriously, what's your point? Teenagers have no control over their urges so old dudes should just be able to take advantage of that without condemnation? You're gross.

    Given the charges I'm sure this guy was fully aware the kid was underage.

    Posted by: JMC | May 5, 2014 12:44:39 PM


  23. I have a real problem with calling consensual sex with a 16 year old rape. It shouldn't be illegal in the first place, but even if it is, it shouldn't be called rape. That word should be reserved to cases where there is force, coercion, or genuine lack of informed consent. None of those apply to a willing and eager 16 year old.

    Posted by: Merv | May 5, 2014 12:45:03 PM


  24. "Innocent" surely in this case becomes subjective. A 16-year old on grindr seems to me to be pretty clear about what he wants and what he's going after. ID means nothing. ID can be faked. Everyone is a victim here. Sounds to me like the idiot "older man" didn't pay up or buy the kid that new pair of sneakers or whatever promises were made. Too bad for everyone involved.

    Posted by: jamal49 | May 5, 2014 12:47:22 PM


  25. Simmons took a job where he knew he'd be held to a higher standard. he blew it.

    Posted by: Jason MacBride | May 5, 2014 12:54:19 PM


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