As a result of rape charges involving a 16-year-old, Daniel Simmons has been suspended from practicing law by the Delaware Supreme Court.
Simmons was charged with four counts of rape in early May following a month-long investigation. The 34-year-old is accused of meeting up with a 16-year-old boy he met on the social media app Grindr.
The Delaware Supreme Court’s Office of Disciplinary Counsel suspended Simmons from practicing law until the felony criminal charges against him are settled. Simmons is also barred from having any contact with current or prospective clients or witnesses.
Simmons resigned his position in Attorney General Beau Biden’s office following his arrest. He had been a deputy attorney general assigned to New Castle County’s Misdemeanor Trial Unit. He had been employed as a prosecutor in the office since November 2006.
State Prosecutor Kathleen Jennings issued a statement following Simmons resignation last week, “The Department of Justice [Monday] 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.”
Police said a third man, a student at New York University was also involved in the sexual activity with the 16-year-old, incidents that happened at Simmons home in the Pike Creek area. So far, no one else has been charged.