Client Acquitted of Attempted Rape

Jury Finds Client Not Guilty of Attempted Rape

CROWN POINT | A Gary man was found guilty Thursday of battery but acquitted of more serious charges in a 2011 domestic violence incident.

A Lake County jury found Anthony Lee Sims, 58, guilty of battery, a Class A misdemeanor, but found him not guilty on charges of attempted rape, sexual battery, strangulation and criminal confinement.

The incident happened Oct. 30, 2011, in his Gary home while the couple was breaking up, according to court records. Sims was accused of yanking a phone from the woman's hand, hitting her and sexually attacking her.

Sims, who worked as a janitor at the Gary Police Department, reportedly asked the woman not to call police because he would lose his job. Information about Sims' employment within the department was not immediately available.

During opening statements this week, defense attorney Lakeisha Murdaugh urged the jury to look at both sides of the story. She said her client was trying to break up with the woman and called the incident a "lady's vengeance."

The woman testified this week she went to Sims' house that day to pick up items when it escalated into a physical confrontation. She alleged Sims beat her while she tried to leave.

"I was very scared, I was nervous," the woman said. "I just really wanted to feel secure and go home."

Sims will be sentenced March 20 in Lake County Criminal Judge Clarence Murray's courtroom.

Elvia Malagon elvia.malagon@nwi.com, (219) 662-5331


02/23/2015

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