Man faces hearing on rape charge

Michael Jacob Simmons

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County man charged with rape remains in jail awaiting his next court hearing.

Michael Jacob Simmons, 25, of Senedo Road, Mount Jackson, remains held without bond in the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail near Front Royal on charges of rape and object sexual penetration. Simmons appeared in Shenandoah County General District Court on Jan. 26 and a judge scheduled the defendant’s preliminary hearing for March 23. The court has appointed Charles Ramsey to represent Simmons.

A criminal complaint filed in the case by Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office investigator P.E. Taylor states that the alleged crimes took place Jan. 22 in Edinburg. The alleged victim notified the Sheriff’s Office about being raped by Simmons between 2 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on that date.

The victim’s boyfriend called Simmons on his cell phone and the defendant admitted to raping the victim, the complain states. The victim’s boyfriend recorded the conversation with Simmons. The victim provided a written statement to the Sheriff’s Office about the events that took place.