Daniel Simmons said that he tried to suppress his homosexual urges due to his “born again” religious beliefs. After a decade of abstinence and suppression, Simmons decided he needed to make up for lost time. That is when the then prosecuting attorney working for the State of Delaware went on a sexual binge that lead to the rape of a 16 year old boy in a threesome last year.
In March, Simmons pleaded guilty to the charge of fourth degree rape in exchange for having some charges dropped. That charge carries a possible sentence of 15 years. This former Assistant Attorney General had something even better than God on his side though, he had one of the best lawyers “for the one percent” around. A lawyer named Eugene J. Maurer.
Maurer told the judge that a long prison sentence “would be punitive and mean spirited,” saying Simmons had already paid a steep price with the loss of his job with the Attorney General’s Office and his disbarment.
By the end of today’s session in court, Simmons walked away with most of his sentence suspended and the most he will serve is 18 months. It is possible that could even be knocked down to just a single year. This sentence for the rape of a 16 year old boy by a man in his forties. This after prosecutors recommended a longer sentence as Simmons had viewed the child as “an object.”
This isn’t the first time Maurer has worked this kind of magic in court. According to Rawstory.com;
Maurer also represented du Pont family heir Robert Richard IV – who avoided prison when he was sentenced to probation in 2009 for the fourth-degree rape of his 3-year-old daughter.
The attorney argued in that case that Richard would “not fare well” in prison, and Judge Jan R. Jurden cited that argument in her sentencing order.
That judge, Judge Jurden is now the President of the State’s Superior Court.
Raw Story also reports that out of 15 cases that they looked at over the last several years, only Richard and one other defendant avoided any jail time at all and were convicted of rape. Again, the rape of his three year old daughter and he did not spend one day in jail. To add insult to injury, there is no evidence that Richard ever actually got the treatment he was ordered to undergo.
Meanwhile, also in Delaware, a female rape defendant, former NFL cheerleader Molly Shattuck pleaded guilty to raping a 15 year old boy last Labor Day weekend via at least two “oral sex” incidents. Reports say she faces a sentence of up to 15 years behind bars.
Apparently she and the others had the wrong lawyer.
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