While his team executed a search warrant, Baker first questioned Simmons about bank fraud.
“Mr. Simmons provided us with a number of false statements,” Baker said.
Simmons adamantly denied knowing anything about child porn when Baker brought it up. Another agent grabbed Simmons’ iPhone off a nearby table and, after tinkering for a few seconds, nude photos of underage girls flashed across the screen. “Oh, I guess I didn’t delete that,” Baker recalled Simmons saying.
Meanwhile, in another room Goodlow told FBI agents she feared for her life, saying “Keturah” and “Chauncey,” personas Simmons had created, would harm or even kill her if she talked.
Simmons broke down, and gave a scattered confession over the next five hours, Baker said. He admitted the various personas threatening his victims were actually himself, then backpedaled, claiming he was the victim of a vast conspiracy — one that he claimed he was “investigating” for “G2News.”
Baker and Simmons drafted a written statement, in which he admitted to everything, Baker claimed. Then, abruptly, Simmons tore it up and wrote his own. It simply read: “I am not a monster or a threat to anyone.”
When Simmons, against the advice of his attorneys, took the stand this month, his excuses were just as nonsensical as in his interview with Dateline’s Chris Hansen five years ago.
Judge Biery grew indignant when Simmons insisted his victims, seen red-eyed and sobbing on video during and after sex with him, were simply suffering from allergies.
“All the tears that have been shed in the courtroom this week … were all those tears because of allergies?” Biery asked.
On the stand, Simmons said he was being “factitious” during his confession to the FBI last year. In his verdict, Biery responded to that claim by simply writing “LOL.”
“I kind of brought this on myself through karma, if you will,” Simmons testified. His years of “going around, chasing girls, and being a Casanova” had simply caught up to him, he insisted. Perhaps Simmons truly views himself as the victim of a massive smear campaign championed by bitter ex-lovers.
Biery shook his head. “Have you been here in the same trial that we have been for the past week?”
Given the seriousness of the charges, and the tone of Biery’s written verdict, Simmons could very well spend the rest of his life in prison when the judge sentences him this coming May. Biery called Simmons a man with an “evil heart fatally bent on mischief,” and capped his verdict by saying, “Dante wrote of only nine circles of hell. Defendant’s pervertedly cruel behavior created a tenth earthly level for the victims, including one who wanted ‘out of this hell hole.’”
Remnants of the fake universe Simmons created still live on in cyberspace. Messages posted to the “Kelly Reynolds Modeling” Facebook page take on a new, ominous quality knowing Simmons was indeed the man behind the curtain.
Before posts suddenly end in January 2012, someone we can only assume is Simmons writes, “Are you the preetiest girl on campus?”