Take it away, Throbert McGee
Daniel Simmons, a deputy attorney general in Delaware, has admitted to “fourth-degree rape” (Delaware-ese for “statutory rape”) of a 16-year-old boy that he met through Grindr.
Having read between the lines in the news accounts, I would surmise that the boy quite happily agreed to go to second or third base with the 34-year-old Mr. Simmons (who’s not at all bad-looking), but then Simmons decided to “steal home” and was rather rough about it.
Whether this has political relevance, I’m not sure. Simmons almost immediately confessed after his arrest, presumably because he was struck by Remorse of Conscience and realized it was terribly wrong for an adult man to use an LGBT teenage boy as a FleshLight®. (Or, possibly, the mofo is just setting the stage for a plea bargain, because he knows that he was actually guilty of offenses beyond “fourth-degree rape.”)
So it’s possible that the RainbowBorg won’t be too interested in circling the wagons around Daniel Simmons and claiming that he’s being railroaded by a kangaroo court because of his sexual orientation.
But stranger things have happened…
If Daniel Simmons had said to the 16-year-old gay boy: “You’re a f*g and and Jesus loves you but hates the sin and you’re going to hell because Sodom and Gomorrah , blah-de-blah,” pretty much everyone in the LGBT Community would be calling for Simmons’ head on a platter and fretting about how kid was probably scarred for life, and might commit suicide because of the homophobic homophobes, etc.
But since Simmons merely used a gay teenager as a FleshLight® in order to satisfy his fetish for rough sex with high-school boys, a disturbing number of gay men will be eager to say “well, the kid was pretty close to being above the age of consent in Delaware, and anyways a 16-year-old is old enough to know what he’s doing sexually, and no one forced the kid to download the Grindr app…”