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Sex offender arrested at restaurant playground

Posted January 20, 2011

— A registered sex offender was arrested Wednesday after he was seen in the play area of a McDonald's in Raleigh, authorities said.

Jefferson Benjamin Simmons, 52, of 3704 Hillcrest Drive in Raleigh, was at the McDonald's at 4121 Blue Ridge Road, authorities said. An arrest warrant indicates that Simmons violated the conditions of registering as a sex offender by going to the children's playground.

Simmons was convicted in Guilford County in 1996 of indecent liberties with a minor, according to state Department of Correction records. He was convicted on the same charge in Wake County in 1984, records show.


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  • SubwayScoundrel Jan 21, 2011

    I too have known Jerrerson for most of my life. He was a terror when I was 33 years ago as he is today. Back then, he would hang out at laundry used by NCSU, Peace, St Marys and Meredith women to haunt them. I have heard he nows goes to grocery stores, department stores and restaurants to rub up and hug small girls.

    He is a terror and dangerous. Yes, he is and always has been mentally ill but no excuse for his action in the last couple of years. He knows the law and will speak it to anyone who challenges so I am surprised he ventured into the playground area. I will say he has no parents and my guess no family

  • ucdbicdb Jan 21, 2011

    djofraleigh - you have to check the box for incarcerated people since he is now in custody at the Wake County jail...once you do that it pulls him right up.

  • djofraleigh Jan 20, 2011

    Why doesn't his name & picture show up on the sex offender registry?

  • realheartbeat51 Jan 20, 2011

    Do a google search of his full name and go to the first link, then you will see another crazy mug shot of him. He must have other problems besided being a perp..

  • sheablue22 Jan 20, 2011

    Omg! I can't even describe what was going thru my mind when that pic came up! Please. Do better.

  • IzzMad2016 Jan 20, 2011

    "I just shot soda out of my nose! What is that photo?!?!?!?!??!"

    Good thing you're The Fish and know how to breathe in liquids then huh? (grin)

  • piknowles4 Jan 20, 2011

    I've known Jeff all my life and there ar reasons for the way he looks in the photo and his actions. He is a schizophrenic and stress causes seizures. His actions are often taken wrongly because of this. People tend to be afraid of him because of his often manic state. I don't condone all of his actions but when he doesn't take his meds his mental illness takes over. We he is medicated he is on a more even keel. This is a perfect example of why we need to keep places like Dix open.Please, before you pass judgement try to see all sides and know the facts.

  • IzzMad2016 Jan 20, 2011

    Holy cow....what's with that mug shot. (shivers)

  • bmg379 Jan 20, 2011

    now that dude looks scary

  • mcraineycrazies Jan 20, 2011

    he cant be that mental if he can get himself to mcdonalds and watch all the kids play, sorry, but the pic is out there, lol