Simmons sentenced to six years |

Simmons sentenced to six years

Gregory Crofton

A man who molested teen-age girls at haunted house in Meyers last October was sentenced to six years in prison Thursday in El Dorado County Superior Court.

Lawrence Simmons, 33, pleaded no contest in August to child annoyance and lewd and lascivious acts with a girl under 14, which is a strike on his criminal record.

“I’m very satisfied,” said Anthony Sears, El Dorado County deputy district attorney. “I’m not trying to minimize what the victims experienced, but the conduct in this case was on the minimal end. I did speak with the victims involved in the case and they were satisfied with the sentence.”

Simmons had inappropriate physical contact with three girls, all within the age of 13 and 16. The molesting took place over three days while Simmons volunteered at a haunted house organized for charity at Tahoe Paradise Park.

He also offered alcohol to the girls and told one that she could be in a porno movie and paid a lot of money as long as he was the co-star.

Simmons was on parole for a sex offense when El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies arrested him working at a gas station in Meyers. He was sent back to prison immediately because conditions of his parole ordered him not to be around children.

In 1996, Simmons spent time in prison for stalking in Placer County. In 1993, in the same county, he was convicted of annoying or molesting children 14 years or older. Simmons was convicted of the same charges in Sacramento County in 1992.

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