Court Appoints Lawyers For Duke Cop Accused Of Rape And Sodomy

By: Information From AP And WITN's Gray Television Sister Station WTVY
By: Information From AP And WITN's Gray Television Sister Station WTVY

A Duke University police officer facing rape and sodomy charges involving a Dothan-area, Alabama woman has been declared indigent.

District Court Judge John Steensland appointed Dothan attorney Valerie Judah to represent Webster Delenn Simmons on Wednesday on first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy charges.

Houston County Sheriff's detectives arrested the 37-year-old Simmons on Monday on charges he bound and gagged a woman as he sexually assaulted her over the weekend. Simmons, of Rougemont, N.C, remains held at the Houston County Jail in Alabama on a $120,000 bond.

Investigators say they found a whip, handcuffs, and other sexual bondage items in Simmons' car.

The victim claims she woke up during the rape, was handcuffed and had a gag in her mouth.

“This is not the type of rapes and sodomies that we commonly see with this type of bondage and this type of material that have been used during the commission of the rape. So it does disturb us, it makes us wonder if this individual has committed these types of crimes anywhere in the United States where he may have been,” said Houston Co. Sheriff Andy Hughes.

Duke University Police Chief John Dailey told the Dothan Eagle that Simmons had been placed on paid suspension.


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  • by j Location: steamboat on Oct 30, 2009 at 09:16 AM
    paid leave only means that he gets to use his vacation time to get a check. Cops aren't on salary, he doesn't get his regular pay unless he is actually working.
  • by Amazed Location: Kinston on Oct 30, 2009 at 05:36 AM
    I guess after the lacrosse debacle, the administrators at Duke don't want to make any hurried assumptions that their protector of the campus community might be a little off his rocker. But at least it is not state money they are flushing down the toilet.
  • by Gville on Oct 29, 2009 at 01:36 PM
    paid leave? are you kidding me???? something is wrong with this picture...
  • by paul Location: kinston on Oct 29, 2009 at 10:17 AM
    never mind it means you were using your vocabulary well. keep up the good work.
  • by paul Location: kinston on Oct 29, 2009 at 10:13 AM
    what does indigent mean?dictionary .com definition is;lacking food, clothing, and other necessities of life because of poverty; needy; poor; impoverished.What does that have to do with his sexual proclivities?
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