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Jury Reaches Split Verdict In Sex Abuse Case

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NEW YORK (CBS 2) – A jury reached a split verdict for a former juvenile justice worker accused of using his job to prey on underage girls.

A jury convicted Tony Simmons of sexually abusing two girls under his care at the family court building in Lower Manhattan, but he was acquitted of raping a third girl inside a courthouse elevator.

His accusers testified that Simmons began fondling them inside the court building in separate incidents between 2005 and 2008.

At the time, the girls were 15 and 16 years old.

The woman who made the rape allegation said she was appalled at the verdict.

β€œHe needs to be treated like he’s a convict, like he’s a child rapist. I just feel like justice wasn’t completely served on my behalf,” she said.

Simmons faces up to four years in prison. He will be in jail until his sentencing on Feb. 1.

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