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Duke officer facing rape charge on unpaid leave

Posted November 12, 2009 4:22 p.m. EST

— 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.