Deputy attorney general charged with rape of 16-year-old released on $45K bail

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A deputy attorney general has been charged with fourth degree rape in a case involving a 16-year-old.

New Castle County Police arrested Daniel Simmons, 34,   of the 5400 block of North Tupelo Turn, Pike Creek.

Investigators believe Simmons met the male  victim via a social media “app” known as “Grindr.”  Investigators do not believe Simmons met the victim through the Department of Justice.  Additional information about the circumstances is being withheld to protect the victim’s identity.

Simmons has been charged with four counts of rape in the fourth degree. Bail information was not immediately available. The News Journal reported he had handled less serious misdemeanor cases.

Investigators are asking that any other victims to please come forward and contact the New Castle County Police Department at 395-8110 (ATTN: Detective E. Sherkey).

The arrest comes as Attorney General Beau Biden deals with criticism of his office over the handling of a duPont family member who served no jail time for the sexual assault of  his child. The matter came to light in a lawsuit filed by the family member’s ex-wife seeking funds for treatment of the family.

Biden has made the apprehension of child predators the cornerstone of his work as attorney general, setting up a unit within the office.

He was charged with four counts of rape in the fourth degree and released after posting $45,000 secured bail. The bail figure may raise eyebrows in some quarters as those viewing Internet child porn often ended up being held on bail amounts in the six figures.

No further arrests have been made at this time. Any additional arrests are pending a decision from the Attorney General’s Office. The News Journal provided further details into the case. Click here for a link to that story. (Warning: the story contains graphic details from court filings.

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