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Hawthorne man faces sex assault

A Hawthorne man accused of having sex with a 14-year-old girl waived his preliminary hearing today in Douglas County Court.

Daniel Jay Simons, 19, was bound over for arraignment on May 27. He faces one count of felony sexual assault of a child under 16 years of age. If convicted, he faces up to 40 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $100,000.

The charge stems from an alleged incident March 10. The 14-year-old was watching a movie with friends at a Hawthorne apartment. After the movie, she told Det. John Parenteau of the Douglas County Sheriff's Department, Simons asked if she wanted to move to the bedroom to sleep on a bed. He first asked to cuddle, then sexually assaulted her even though she objected, according to the complaint. The girl told Parenteau no force was involved but she felt vulnerable during the incident.

When questioned, Simons first told Parenteau that he was not at the Hawthorne apartment that night. Then he said he was present and did have sex with the girl, the complaint stated. He told Parenteau the girl was "a little scared" and that he knew she was under 16, according to the complaint.

Simons, who signed a $2,000 signature bond, remained in the Douglas County Jail today on a probation hold.