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Sex offender found guilty in Fruitland rape case

WICOMICO COUNTY, Md. - A man is facing over 50 years in prison, after officials say he was convicted for his role in the sex abuse of a minor, in Wicomico County.

The Office of the State's Attorney for Wicomico County says on Wednesday, a Wicomico County jury found 34-year-old Byron Simpson guilty of sex abuse of a minor, second degree rape, and second degree assault. The charges stem from an incident the happened on May 13, 2017.

On that day, Simpson raped a 13-year-old girl in a car, in Fruitland.

Simpson is apparently facing up to 55 years in prison and subject to lifetime registration and lifetime supervision as a sexual offender. The 34-year-old has prior convictions for fourth degree sex offense and failing to register as a sexual offender.

Officials say sentencing for Simpson is expected to happen in two months. He is currently being held without bond while awaiting sentencing.

The case was apparently investigated by Detective Rockwell of the Salisbury Police Department and members of the Department of Social Services - Child Protective Services, assigned to the Wicomico Child Advocacy Center, and Detective Beaver of the Fruitland Police Department

In reference to the outcome of the case, Ad Interim State's Attorney Jamie L. Dykes says, "Another successful, joint effort to hold a child sexual offender accountable.  I commend the hard work of the Fruitland Police Department and the members of the Wicomico Child Advocacy Center, including Salisbury Police Department and the Department of Social Services, to make this County a safer place for our children."

The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant State's Attorney Karen M. Dean.
 


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