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Federal Judge Sentences Child Porn Producer to 898 Years in Prison

Federal Judge Sentences Child Porn Producer to 898 Years in Prison

  U.S. District Judge Fred Biery today handed down what is believed to be the longest prison sentence ever pronounced in Bexar County.

 

  Biery sentenced Gemase Simmons, 30, who set up a phony reality TV show to convince fame-hungry underage girls to have sex with him, to 898 years in federal prison.

  "I have sat in this chair for 19 years.  I have been involved in some terrible crimes including capitol murder," Biery scolded. "I have never seen anything more heinous than what you have done to these people."

 

  Biery also sentenced Simmons to serve his time in the 'Supermax' federal prison in Colorado, where his yard mates will include '20th 9-11 hijacker' Zacharias Moussoui, and the Unabomber, 1200 WOAI's Michael Board reports from the federal courthouse.

 

  Simmons was convicted of 39 counts of extortion, bank fraud, money laundering and production and distribution of child pornography.

 

  FBI Special Agent Larry Baker testified today that Simmons enticed young girls by, along with a female accomplice, claiming to be a producer of a reality modeling television show. 

  "Purely a work of fiction that Mr. Simmons concocted," he said. 

  Testimony indicated that Simmons convinced more than 100 girls and young women to engage in various types of sexual activity with him. One of his victims testified today that he stole her innocence.  "He lied to me and he tricked me and he's very good at it." 

  Because she is a victim, we are not using her name.

  Also today, Special Agent Baker testified that, while Simmons was behind bars awaiting sentencing, he conned two different inmates into performing oral sex while in the detention facility.  That's something Simmons protested.

 

  In his sentence, Biery wrote:

 

  "A bright light shone on the culturally corrupting influence of the mesmerizing allure of money, modeling, and media fame, which materialistic victims and their parents thought defendant would provide.  Homo Sapien greed and American materialism never cease to amaze and disturb this court.  If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is."

 

 

 

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