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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of North Carolina

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, November 3, 2014

Cary Man Sentenced For Videotaping Sex With Step-daughter

RALEIGH – United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court today IKE SIMMONS, 39, of Cary, North Carolina, was sentenced by Senior United States District Judge W. Earl Britt to 600 months imprisonment followed by 20 years of supervised release.  On June 2, 2014, SIMMONS pled guilty to manufacturing child pornography, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 2252(a) and (d).  

According to the investigation, in July, 2013, the mother of the victim contacted law enforcement reporting that her ex-husband had been molesting her 16-year-old daughter since 2009.  SIMMONS was arrested and three computer hard drives, along with his Iphone was seized.  Computer forensics later performed on the hard drive revealed that SIMMONS had videotaped the molestation using his cellphone and then transferred the videos to the hard drives.

SIMMONS is a previously convicted sex offender stemming from a 2003 conviction.

The criminal investigation of this case was conducted by the Cary Police Department, the Apex Police Department, and the Fayetteville Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Ethan A. Ontjes is handling the prosecution on behalf of the Eastern District of North Carolina.

This case was part of the Project Safe Childhood initiative, a national program aimed at ensuring that criminals exploiting children are effectively prosecuted by making full use of all available law enforcement resources at every level.  For more information about this important national project, Project Safe Childhood, go to www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

Updated July 14, 2015