NYC Juvenile Justice Worker Gets Prison For Molesting Girls

NEW YORK (AP/ WCBS 880 / 1010 WINS) — A former juvenile justice worker convicted of molesting teenagers inside a New York City courthouse has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Tony Simmons did not speak at his sentencing Tuesday. An appeal is planned.

WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell with the story from Manhattan

1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa with Sonia Ossorio of the National Organization of Women

He was accused of brazenly using his job to prey on the underage girls in his custody at the Manhattan Family Court building. He was convicted of molesting two teens but acquitted of raping a third.

Simmons’ case had sparked outrage among women’s advocates.

“We’re very, very happy that the judge gave him the maximum sentence because that’s what he deserved,” Sonia Ossorio of the National Organization of Women said. “Rather than maybe trying to have sex with them he could’ve given them some hope, some inspiration, some guidance.”

When handing down the sentence the judge said this case shed light not only on the plight of troubled teens but the need for tougher penalties for these crimes.

Upon release Simmons will be listed as a sex offender.

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  1. Mr Armenia says:

    No monica I abide by the laws.
    Plus one of his victims I beleive originally got arrested.

    The judge overstepped her boundaries when she took back his plea deal.

    1. Abe Benesch says:

      Did the judge really overstep her boundaries? I was always under the impression that the defense & prosecution can only recommend a plea deal – it’s still up to the judge to accept or reject. I guess that’s an issue the Appellate Court may review.

    2. ARMENIAN VIRUS says:

      YOU ARE LIKE THE HERPES VIRUS, YOU SEEM TO POP-UP WHERE YOU ARE NOT WANTED. EVERYONE KNOWS YOU ARE THE JERK OF THE DAY..MOVE ON.
      YOU PERHAPS SHOULD OR PROBABLY WAS VIOLATED IN THE WORSE WAY.
      YOUR ARROGANCE AND HATRED SHOWS.

      1. grant says:

        were you born a lunatic or did you suffer some sort of head injury?

  2. JRD Sr says:

    This is pure violence against women. Sexual abuse or molestation is a degrading and vile thing. I wonder how many people know what misogyny, and if they do know maybe thedy can explain why this word is still in the language. I know, it has to be for many reasons -but- everyone knows what I mean.

  3. Devenio says:

    Please explain. You make a statement like that and give no reason why you think that.

  4. nyc says:

    Wonder if he is going to be molested in the can ?

    1. Leon says:

      Definitely. He is going to be some prisoner’s girlfriend. Inmates, as bad as they can be, take a harsh view to child molesters.

  5. Mr Armenia says:

    This sentence was very prejudicial

    1. monica says:

      This sentence had nothing to do with prejudice look at the nationalitie’s of the victim’s.It has a lot to do with a man that is mentally deranged and used his power to abuse these girls.If anything he should have been given 25years to life for this bold crime.Now these victim’s have to live with this for the rest of their life if anything the sentence was unjust and need to be reviewed by the supreme court for him to get more time.So sive me a brake and I will send a message to his victims and that is for them to keep their head up and continue to be strong God doe’s not give us more than we can handle!!What if this was your child he violated will you still be saying his sentence was unjust??Or are you as sick as he is????

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