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Raleigh sex offender faces new indecent-liberties charge

Posted February 5, 2011 2:41 p.m. EST
Updated February 5, 2011 3:15 p.m. EST

— 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.