DOTHAN, ALABAMA — Houston County Sheriff’s investigators believe a Duke University police officer recently gagged and handcuffed a local woman as he sexually assaulted her, the Dothan Eagle is reporting on its Web site.
Sheriff Andy Hughes told the Eagle that detectives arrested Webster Delenn Simmons, 37, on Monday and charged him with felony first-degree rape and felony first-degree sodomy. Simmons, of Rougemont, N.C., remains held at the Houston County Jail on a $120,000 bond.
Hughes said deputies charged Simmons with the rape and sodomy of a 34-year-old Houston County woman during the early morning hours Saturday. The victim and Simmons had been together at a local nightclub in the hours leading up to the assault, which Hughes said happened inside Simmons’ vehicle.
The Dothan Eagle also reported:
During the investigation, Hughes said detectives seized evidence from inside Simmons’ vehicle, which included two pair of handcuffs, a ball gag, thick white rope, an unknown power source with wires attached to a nail, along with a whip and flog. The woman apparently woke up early Saturday morning handcuffed with a ball gag in her mouth.