Convicted sex offender held on added charges |

Convicted sex offender held on added charges

A 32-year-old convicted sex offender who violated a condition of his parole by volunteering to work around kids at a haunted house was charged Wednesday with two felonies because of his activity at the house.

County prosecutors claim Lawrence Gene Simmons falsely imprisoned a girl when he allegedly grabbed her arm as well as annoyed or molested a child under 18. Simmons is also charged with four counts of offering alcohol to minors.

El Dorado County Assistant District Attorney Hans Uthe said if convicted on all charges Simmons could be sentenced to five years in prison. He already is facing up to a year in prison for his parole violation.

Simmons was convicted of annoying or molesting a child under 18 in March of 1993 in Placer County and December of 1992 in Sacramento County. The prior convictions increases the prison sentence he could get, Uthe said.

Deputies arrested Simmons Oct. 31 for his activity at Terror in Paradise, a haunted house held for charity Oct. 27 to Oct. 31 at Tahoe Paradise Park. He was working at Roadrunner Gas & Liquor in Meyers when he was taken into custody.

“The investigation is ongoing and of course we are interested in hearing from anyone who may have had adverse experience with him in context of the haunted house or otherwise,” Uthe said.

Simmons is being held without bail at El Dorado County Jail. El Dorado County Sheriff’s detectives are still investigating the incident. Anyone with information regarding Simmons is asked to call (530) 573-3015.

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