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Raleigh sex offender faces new indecent-liberties charge

Posted February 5, 2011

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— A Raleigh man faces an indecent-liberties charge, a little more than two weeks after he was arrested for allegedly violating the conditions placed on him as a registered sex offender.

The Wake County Sheriff's Office on Friday charged Jefferson Benjamin Simmons, 52, of 3704 Hillcrest Drive, with taking indecent liberties with a minor. An arrest warrant states that the incident occurred on Jan. 18.

He was placed in the Wake County jail under a $250,000 secured bond. His first court appearance was set for Monday.

Simmons was also arrested in January after being seen in the play area of a McDonald's restaurant at 4121 Blue Ridge Road, warrants state. He was then charged with violating the conditions of registering as a sex offender.

Deputies noted in the warrant that he bonded out after that arrest and "is considered a danger."

Simmons was convicted of taking indecent liberties with a minor in Wake County in 1984 and Guilford County in 1996, according to state Department of Correction records. In one case, the victim was 14 years old, according to the North Carolina Sex Offenders Registry.

He was also convicted of assaulting a handicapped person in Wake County in 2005, DOC records show.

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  • 2AMANDA2 Feb 8, 2011

    let me clarify a couple of things....

    first fatchanceimwrong... you are wrong, just as seankelly15 pointed out. judges have to look at the crime and imposed a sentence based on preset sentence structure. each class and type of crime has a minimum and maximum that can be imposed. the judge can't randomly pick a sentence out of thin air and impose it. nice try though.

    and all of you are upset that he was given a bond. note: he is still in jail. bond is another tool judges and prosecutors use to keep dangerous people off the street. when set high enough, they can't bond out or they have to put up the full value of the bond without the aid of a bondsman. the DOJ doesn't have anything to do with it "fearna"

  • kejones7685 Feb 7, 2011

    Im no Judge of the Courts, but this guy needs to be put away in the darkest of dark place all alone so that he can't hurt some innocent child. Obviously rehablitation doesn't work so they need not to let him out of their sites again. And this will give a innocent child a better chance at staying out of harm's way!

  • fatchanceimwrong Feb 7, 2011

    seankelly15: Judges are a part of the court system and have the power to assess punishment for those convicted of crimes. Imposing sentences which keep criminals in jail for a specific period of time does protect the citizens by keeping the criminal in prison and out of the communties. It's when judges impose light sentences that allow criminals to be released back into the public that they fail the citizens who elected them.

    Nice try though.

  • seankelly15 Feb 7, 2011

    fatchanceimwrong - The purpose of the courts IS NOT TO PROTECT PEOPLE. The purpose of of the courts is to adjudicate crimes. Your reliance on the courts "to protect the citizens from criminals and sexual predators" reflects a COMPLETE misunderstanding of the court system.

  • braddavis Feb 7, 2011

    GPS and a very small amount of C4 encased and implanted near the aorta. GPS picks up your location is near where you are not supposed to be, boom, problem solved. Yes, I know, I hear you all ready ya bleeding hearts, 'they can be reformed'. Easy part of that argument, read the story again, he's not a repeat offender, he is a repeatED, or is that repeatING offender?
    JKKC
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    February 7, 2011 9:12 a.m.

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  • White E Feb 7, 2011

    I was in grade school with this guy back in the 60 s and he was crazy then.He has grown up and is a threat to everyone.He is NOT TREATABLE,put this Monster in jail and leave him there.

  • fatchanceimwrong Feb 7, 2011

    Equally responsible is the court system that refuses to protect the citizens. He's a registered sex offender so he's been arrested for it but was let go. He violated the conditions for his release, was arrested and again let go. Now he's done it again and is given bond.

    We rely in our court system to protect the citizens from criminals and sexual predators, but time and again the courts refuse to keep them out of our communities.

    It's a shame that even though the courts know that guys like this will repeate their offenses because they have proven that they will, children have to be victimized over and over before the courts will finally take these animals off the streets.

    It's almost like they courts are using children as bait for these predators.

  • boatmonkey82 Feb 7, 2011

    and thats just he stuff he got caught for....

  • fearna Feb 7, 2011

    If he bonded out and "is considered a danger" apparently the bond wasn't set high enough. Good looking out, DOJ!

  • JKKC Feb 7, 2011

    GPS and a very small amount of C4 encased and implanted near the aorta. GPS picks up your location is near where you are not supposed to be, boom, problem solved. Yes, I know, I hear you all ready ya bleeding hearts, 'they can be reformed'. Easy part of that argument, read the story again, he's not a repeat offender, he is a repeatED, or is that repeatING offender?

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