Accused Sorrento rapist indicted

Wade McIntyre

A Baton Rouge man charged with the aggravated rape and kidnapping of a Sorrento woman Oct. 28 has been indicted on those charges by a grand jury, 23rd Judicial District Attorney Ricky Babin reported.

Norris Dwayne Simmons, 25, of 1121 N. Acadian Drive, was arrested by the Sorrento Police Department in what Chief Earl Theriot at the time described as a “boyfriend/girlfriend thing.”

Simmons is accused of kidnapping the woman outside her home after hiding under the trailer and waiting for her to return. He allegedly bound the woman’s feet hands and mouth with duct tape, and she was forced into a car and driven to Baton Rouge and back.

According to the victim’s testimony, Simmons planned to rape and kill her at in the Riverwalk area of Baton Rouge, but left the scene with the victim because too many people were in the area.

After the return to Sorrento, Simmons allegedly forced the woman back into the home, held her captive and sexually assaulted her.

The victim told police Simmons grabbed her by the hair, removed her clothing, and raped her. She said he then forced her to take a shower.

Simmons was arrested by Baton Rouge police two days after the woman walked into the Sorrento Police station on a Sunday afternoon and reported the alleged crimes.

If convicted, Simmons would face life imprisonment at hard labor on each charge, without parole, probation or sentence suspension.

He is being held in the Ascension Parish Jail in Donaldsonville on a bond set at $495,000.

Theriot said at the time of the incident that he could not remember the last time Sorrento had a rape case in his nine years as police chief.

He said his office had received domestic disturbance calls pertaining to Simmons and the victim before the alleged rape and kidnapping.