Franklin County Assistant District Attorney Charged with Domestic Violence and Assault


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A longtime Franklin County Assistant District Attorney has been arrested by Westerville Police on charges of domestic violence and assault.

Brian E. Simms, 59, a Westerville resident who is an assistant district attorney for the Franklin County District Attorney’s Office, was arrested on Saturday following an incident involving his wife, according to court documents.

Simms pleaded not guilty to both counts Monday in Delaware County City Court and was released from jail on his own recognizance.

The Dispatch left messages with the Franklin County District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday evening to solicit comment.

Defence lawyer Sam Shamansky, who represents Simms, told The Dispatch on Tuesday night that his client remained employed in the Franklin County District Attorney’s office and was ordered not to have contact with the victim.

Simms “recognizes that the mere laying of these charges may cause some to question his commitment and integrity to public service,” Shamansky said. “… I can unequivocally state that he remains committed to his work as the Franklin County Assistant District Attorney and fully cooperates with both the demands of his employer and the demands of an accused involved in the criminal justice process. “

“Brian recognizes that this incident is very difficult for all parties involved and is keen to do everything in his power to resolve it as quickly as possible.”

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