Yesterday on G Philly, we reported on the disturbing case of a Philadelphia man who was murdered in Chester after connecting with someone on Grindr. Not far from Chester, in the state of Delaware, another case of “Grindr gone wrong” has landed a deputy attorney general in major hot water.
Wilmington’s Daniel Simmons, 34, was charged with four counts of fourth-degree rape. He is alleged to have sexually assaulted a 16-year-old boy he met on Grindr. Simmons was released after posting $45,000 secured bail. According to a report from The News Journal, Simmons, who was assigned to the New Castle County Misdemeanor Trial Unit, had been under investigation since March.
According to Huffington Post, State Prosecutor Kathleen Jennings released a statement announcing Simmons' resignation on Monday:
The Department of Justice today secured Daniel Simmons' immediate resignation. We are deeply disturbed by the conduct alleged in this case. We are most concerned for the welfare of the victim. This case will be vigorously pursued to justice. Ethically we are prohibited from saying more.
Delaware detectives are asking any other victims, or anyone with information, to contact the New Castle County Police Department at 302-395-8110, or visit this website.
This incident adds to the growing number of alarming local Grindr incidents, including last month’s violent encounter when a visiting Canadian man was attacked and robbed after a potential Grindr hookup.