WILMINGTON, Del. (WBOC/AP)- A former Delaware deputy attorney general has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy.
Thirty-five-year-old Daniel Simmons of Pike Creek pleaded guilty Monday morning in New Castle County Superior Court to one count of fourth-degree rape. He faces up to 15 years in prison when he is sentenced on June 16 and must register as a Tier II (medium-risk) sex offender. He remains free on bail pending sentencing.
In exchange for the guilty plea, prosecutors dropped three other counts of fourth-degree rape against Simmons, who worked in the Justice Department's misdemeanor trial unit.
Police said Simmons, a college student and the boy had sex last year in an encounter arranged through the social media app called Grindr.
The college student also was charged in the case and is awaiting trial.
According to the Delaware Department of Justice, the victim's family members said in a statement that they were satisfied with the resolution.
“We are happy to have avoided a public trial," the statement read. "We want him held accountable, and don't want him to hurt anyone else.”