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Former Horseshoe Bend Treasurer Gets 210 Years in Rape Case

MAY 6, 2004 - Posted at 7:35 a.m. CDT

 

HEBER SPRINGS, AR - Jurors convicted a former Horseshoe Bend treasurer of sexually abusing five boys and sentenced him to 210 years in prison.

49-year-old Charles V. Simmons was found guilty yesterday of five counts of rape and one count of producing, directing or promoting sexual performance.  Jurors acquitted him of one count of sexual abuse.

Simmons was accused of luring boys to his Horseshoe Bend home between November 1997 and March 2000 and sexually assaulting them.

Cindy Winn, the mother of one of Simmons' victims who killed himself, said the verdict was the beginning of closure for her.  Her son, Derek DeSanto died last year.

Jurors sentenced Simmons to 40 years in prison for each of the five rape counts and ten years for the producing, directing and promoting sexual performance charge.  The sentences are to run consecutively.

Izard County prosecutors requested the trial be moved to Heber Springs because of publicity about the case.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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