Monday, March 10, 2008

Sex offender who left NH is arrested

A convicted child killer who sparked outrage when he moved to Derry earlier this year has been arrested in Connecticut, officials said yesterday.

Douglas Simmons, 47, was arrested at a shelter in Hartford for allegedly failing to verify his address as a sex offender in 2006, police said. He was arrested March 1 without incident, said Nancy Mulroy, public information officer for the Hartford Police Department.

Simmons is being held on $50,000 bail and will appear in court again on April 1, according to court officials. Connecticut requires sex offenders to verify their addresses every 90 days. Simmons allegedly failed to do that on Dec. 26, 2006.

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"The next we heard of him was in January of this year when New Hampshire officials notified us he was registering in Derry ," said Connecticut State Police Trooper William Tate.

Simmons had served 22 years behind bars and five years on probation before his move to Derry. In 1981, he admitted to strangling a 6-year-old girl and sexually abusing her body in Norwich, Conn.

Simmons called the Derry Police Department in early February, days after he relocated, to say he had moved back to Connecticut after an outpouring of community outrage.

After he moved, some residents said they remained concerned that he might visit Derry. His Derry apartment was near a private school, a park and a library. In response to Simmons' brief stay, Derry officials are now considering enacting an ordinance restricting where people on the state offenders against children registry can live in town.

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