Accuser Speaks Out After Simmons’ Conviction

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A former juvenile justice worker has been convicted of molesting two girls under his care in a Manhattan courthouse. But he was acquitted of a more serious charge of raping a third girl.

Jurors delivered their verdict Friday in Tony Simmons’ trial. He was found guilty of 12 counts of using his position to force himself sexually upon the teenage defendants he was supposed to be supervising.

1010 WINS Reporter Terry Sheridan has the details on the case.

When Simmons was led out in handcuffs, his daughter became hysterical screaming “not my father, not my father.” Court officers rushed to her aid and escorted her out of the courtroom.

His accusers testified that Simmons abruptly began fondling them after taking them aside in the Family Court building. At the time, they were 15 and 16.

One of the three women that Simmons was accused of attacking spoke with CBS 2’s Pablo  Guzman Friday.

“He needs to be incarcerated and he needs to be treated like he’s a convict, like he’s a child-rapist,” the woman said.

Simmons, however, was acquitted of the rape charge.  “I just feel like justice wasn’t completely served on my behalf,” Simmons’ accuser told Guzman.

Simmons’ original plea deal called for only probation, but a public outcry convinced a judge to set it aside.  He now faces up to four years in prison when he is sentenced next month.

Sonia Ossorio of the National Organization for Woman was among those who led the protests against the plea deal.  She said Friday’s decision signaled a victory.

“The fact that Tony Simmons is now sitting in jail, where he belongs. This is justice,” Ossorio said.

Simmons’ lawyer said the accusers were troubled girls who made the allegations hoping to get out of custody or get a lawsuit payout.

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  • Brian

    Did everyone forget that he admitted to the probation department that he did this? He said they were asking for it.

  • Coach Ken

    If this man was ever allowed himself to be alone with underage females in this kind of setting, he should get 4 years just for being stupid.

  • aj

    I worked in the City of New York Group Home setting as well as superivised and those children remanded in group homes look normal but are not normal meaning that they have emotional and psychological problems. They are also very manipulative due to most extremely abused. Where are the wittnesses in seeing the counselor molesting these girls.? In my opinion, these girls want MONEY. With a weak economy, everybody want money and will do in and everything to get money.

  • Shasta McNasty

    Typical railroad job. These girls were asking for it.

  • rablen

    Wow, he’s black? Well, I never … Black men never molest white girls … Oh, wait …

    • Mr. White

      I got some sites that will PROVE TO YOU that white girls of ANY AGE want to be fantasy molested by Black Men. Especially groups of men !!!

  • Lana

    he is a PIG and an ANIMAL HAS to punished Big time!!

  • Federal CO

    This guy got hung out to dry…..pressure from the Women’s Groups..I work with female inmates they will say ANYTHING if its going to give them the slim chance of getting out…..

  • Mike

    This is BS…inmates and convicts lie all time…..These troubled teens are just trying to get off……

  • toeknee

    should these girls have a woman supervisor , who runs this family court anyway , I have dellings with them before , seems like the right hand does not know what the left is doing…………pity the children

  • Lita

    What does the color of his skin have to do with it. There are plenty of deranged people of al races doing dirt all over the world. Retro, you’re a bigot and a racist. Grow the hell up. If you’re going to comment, make sure it’s something worth reading.

  • Captain Obvious

    Well, something definitely happened between him & the girls. He was ready to plead out for a reduced sentence, but the judge rejected it. I don’t think he would have plead to a sex crime if there wasn’t at least some merit to the allegations.

  • KPMc

    Took them aside in a Family Court building and “abruptly began fondling them”?

    Something doesn’t sound right at all.

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