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Felony convictions handed down

A man caught around children at a haunted house in Meyers last October pleaded no contest to two felonies this week in El Dorado County Superior Court.

With his plea, Lawrence Simmons, 32, was convicted of child annoyance and lewd and lascivious acts with a girl under 14. He could be sentenced to a maximum of eight years and eight months for those crimes.

Simmons was a volunteer at “Terror in Paradise,” a haunted house at Tahoe Paradise Park, open from Oct. 27 to Oct. 31.

He contacted at least two girls at the house, sexually assaulting one and grabbing another. He also offered alcohol to girls at the park, police said.

Simmons was found guilty in the early 1990s of annoying or molesting a child in Placer and Sacramento counties. By working at the haunted house, he violated a term of his parole that required him not to be around children.

El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies arrested Simmons Oct. 31. while he was working at Roadrunner Gas & Liquor in Meyers. He is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 6.

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