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Duke officer facing rape charge on unpaid leave

Posted November 12, 2009

— A Duke University police officer who was charged last month with raping a woman in Dothan, Ala., has been placed on unpaid leave.

Webster Delenn Simmons, 37, of Rougemont, was had been on paid leave since his Oct. 26 arrest.

A 34-year-old woman told police she went to a bar with Simmons on Oct. 23 and he bought her one drink. She said the drink must have been drugged because she passed out after leaving the bar and awoke gagged and handcuffed in Simmons' car as she was being sexually assaulted.

Simmons is charged with first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy.

Investigators in Alabama seized two pair of handcuffs, a ball gag, a thick white rope, an unknown power source with wires attached to a nail, a whip and flog, and what looked like medical tubing.

Simmons, who had no criminal record, was hired by Duke last December. He was a master officer with the Raleigh Police Department from 1998 to 2007.


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  • krazi_katt Nov 13, 2009

    Hey Lizard- I am with you on that. This is definitely not his first offense. It scares me to think how many women this evil jerk must have raped that were too frightened to come forward since he was a police officer. Makes me sick. I used to counsel rape survivors. The things this does to their minds it terrible.

    To Faceman and CGHSMOM: although you give good advice - you make it sound like any woman drugged and raped is at fault for the evil man that raped them. No woman, regardless of their actions, deserves to be raped. Regardless of their profession, manner of dress, fact they drank, etc. It is never a woman's "fault" when she is rape. Please be careful how you write things as you may not realize how many people you have caused pain to today by those statements.

  • garnertoy Nov 13, 2009

    he thought he was above the law

  • Journey985 Nov 13, 2009

    All I can say is it's about time Duke, paying this man while being charged with rape is just ridiculous. If he is found to be innocent (which I doubt he will be) then reinstate him and pay him back wages. Duke seems ill prpared to deal with situations that keep coming up, Duke Lacrosse issue, this, glad I did not go there!!!

  • lizard Nov 13, 2009

    I don't believe he was caught on the first time he did this. No one just happens to have all that stuff with them when they go on a legitimate date.

  • Faceman Nov 13, 2009

    Wow..That is just plain stupid..His freedom on the streets are over..I do feel sorry for the lady..im glad she is ok..let this be a wake up call for you gals..watch your drinks..Be careful with whom buys you drinks..my tip for the day. "jumps off soapbox."

  • SaltlifeLady Nov 12, 2009

    women- this is why you always need to keep your drinks covered/protected/with you when you are out. Never let someone "buy" you a drink and bring it to you, or leave your drink on the table or bar while you go to the bathroom and then come back. Either finish it before you go, or take it with you. Common sense ladies, common sense.

  • justafella Nov 12, 2009

    Who said he left voluntarily?

  • devilblue Nov 12, 2009

    He is just creepy!!!! I work at Duke and I'm glad I never ran across him.

  • dbcooper41 Nov 12, 2009

    i reckon my question is "why did he leave rpd"?