November 26, 2014

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Lorain man charged with raping 11-year-old he met via Facebook

Christopher Sims

Christopher Sims

LORAIN – A Lorain man was charged Tuesday for allegedly raping an 11-year-old girl he met through Facebook.

Christopher Sims, 30, of Lorain was arrested at noon Tuesday at his home in the 400 block of Iowa Avenue.

Lorain Police Detective Tabitha Angello said Sims met the 11-year-old girl through Facebook a few months prior to the incident and urged her to meet him face to face. On Feb. 19, the girl’s father reported her missing, according to Angello.

A few weeks later on March 1, the father saw his 11-year-old daughter walk out of Sims’ house on Iowa Avenue and get into a car with Sims around 1 a.m., according to police. The father followed the car and called police who pulled over Sims’ car 30 minutes later and found Sims driving with the 11-year-old girl in the backseat.

Police questioned the girl who told them that she had been staying with Sims at his house while she was reported missing and that she and Sims had sex Feb. 26, police said.

On Tuesday, police executed search and arrest warrants at Sims’ house. Inside, they found some items relating to the rape case, according to Angello.

Sims was previously indicted for rape, gross sexual imposition and unlawful conduct with a minor in 2010 for an incident that occurred in 2004. The charged were though it was dropped down to gross sexual imposition and on Feb. 19, Sims pleaded guilty to the charge at Lorain Court of Common Pleas. He is awaiting sentencing.

Sims was being held at Lorain City Jail on a $1 million bond on Wednesday. His next hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. on March 13 at Lorain Municipal Court.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.


  • Zen Grouch

    Kudos to the father for not opening that monster up, just to see what’s inside.

    • Arietta Sullivan

      on one hand i can see this point,i can admit it *through my grinding teeth * lol :)

  • Frank Siegfried

    If that was me…. I would have called the police AFTER the beating had stopped

    • Simon Jester

      Why involve the law in a family matter?

      • Lisa

        Really?

        • Simon Jester

          Really really :D

          Once can rent a woodchipper at extremely reasonable rates.

    • Joe Smith

      I assume you mean his heart beat

    • golfingirl

      Just call them in to clean up the mess!!

  • Simon Jester

    Get a rope.

    • Lisa

      Oh, now I get it… lol

  • Arietta Sullivan

    i knew another case where the dad almost pulled his gun out after pinning the pig up against a fence..friend of the family stopped it..but i feel a beating could have squeezed in there then the police called but in the long run,the mom got to beat the daylights out of him,in the emergency room,as the police was getting the pig identified by the victim,who was under 10 years old.. i said it before and i’ll say it again..if it happens once,they will strike again.it’s an incurable disease.

  • Daniel Sutter

    Hopefully this story will end with a cute story about a jailhouse incident.

  • ekwaykway

    Well thats some really good parenting there, way to go monitoring your child on the internet. Whats wrong? Too busy to take a moment to protect your child?

    • tired7041

      There is way too much of minors having unlimited and unmonitored internet use. All parents have the LEGAL RIGHT to oversee anything that their minors are doing, whether it is on the internet, texting, phone calls. You need to be watching, and knowing. They are minors until age 18 folks. You need to have their passwords, etc., and you need to get on these communication devises and know what is going on. They won’t like it! My response is “That is just too bad” It is for their own protection.

      • I’m_Just_Saying

        You are absolutely right. No 11 year old should have a Face Book account first of all. They probably wouldn’t have been conversing with a 30 year old man if the parents were monitoring their internet actions. Parents need to stop letting computers babysit their kids.

        • Lisa

          Kids know how to create fake names on the account

          • tired7041

            This is very true, but the children should have all of their internet time monitored. Computer that has internet access must be in the room the family spends their time in, and only during times that it can be monitored. Now, I know they can just go to the library, or get on at schools, and this is where our lovely government has tied the hands of the libraries from monitoring. The more the parents are involved and monitoring, the less chance of them getting into trouble.

          • ekwaykway

            They can use a friends home computer or smartphone, it has to be really hard raising children in this internet age.

          • tired7041

            Very true again. I’m sorry, and I know that I am in the minority, children do not need smartphones, at their unlimited access. A cell phone probably, that has texting and calling capabilities. This can be limited by having these capabilities limited. If all parents were monitoring computer use, then the friend’s home computer should be being monitored. These kids need to realize that this technology is not a right, it is a privilege. Yes, I understand that they have to learn how to use it, but along with this comes the maturity level to be able to handle this tool. Most of us would not hand over a chain saw to a young child, yet computers and smartphones are handed over all the time, without monitoring.
            I also think there is a little more to this story, then what we are being told. It will be interesting to see what the full story is later on.

      • ghetto_scum

        They want the government to do their job, like making people show a Credit card or verify phone number to join sites, but I see it don’t work that way, because they still go after children, it’s up to the parents, not government to do their job!

  • Larry Crnobrnja

    Another example of weak prosecution and despicable judges. GROSS SEXUAL IMPOSITION of a minor is RAPE. Too bad these POS judges that give such light sentences don’t have a conscience.

    • zdubb78

      NO BALLS!!!! Law Enforcement know walking into the courts that certain judges don’t have the testicular fortitude to do what is needed and what is right.
      Makes it frustrating for the Arresting Officers!!!

      • just saying

        not only do they not have the balls, but the little they do have just to verify gender is hid behind their pocket full of money they share between lawyers and judges, it’s how the system works postpone until you get the judge you want and they walk from there

  • zdubb78

    WHY IS THIS PIECE OF GARE STILL ALLOWED TO STEAL OUR OXYGEN…….PUT A BULLET IN HIS HEAD!!!!!
    THROW HIM IN THE RIVER

  • Charles Parker

    Don’t pollute our water.Do not blame the judge. For Deals made by prosecutors and very often The victims family who dont wont to further hurt their child.

    • Larry Crnobrnja

      Judges don’t have to accept those agreements.

  • stillsleepyeyes

    Well now they know what to do with all that land along the river…………….The public stoning of this POS will be held this weekend at the black river landing this weekend………………..of course there will be a admission charge and you can buy the stones for a small donation, (gardwennie has to make money on this of course) oh and a beer tent, got to have one of those, plus a inflatable playground for the children……………….(sarcasm)

  • stop ur whining part deux

    Remove his genitals. We should do that for all rapists. Every rapist gets 2-5 years in prison and before his release you remove them. I bet you see a dramatic drop in rape and pedophilia.

  • golfingirl

    So if I read this correctly, he was indicted four years ago, but was still not sentenced?

    During this time, he obviously was allowed to walk the streets, looking for other victims. Well guess what, he found one!

    Four years and still never sentenced!! Really? He should have been off the streets and this would never have happened.

    • tired7041

      This is what I mean by more to the story than we are being told. I also wonder if dad was just out driving at 1 a.m., or knew that daughter was there and was sitting and waiting. If dad knew daughter was there, why didn’t he notify the cops prior. Why allow a second more of this scum with his daughter?

      • Guest

        Maybe he was out looking for her

      • ThinkMn

        He may have suspected the Sim’s but that’s not enough for the cops to go on. They have to have facts to get a search warrant not just suspicions. Sighting the girl would be enough to get them to roll.

  • street justice

    tired7041…. Sounds like you are a very good and concern parent. If there were more parents like you a lot of these sick problems wouldn’t happen. And for that pervert from Lorain, before you put him in jail release him to the public and let the public handle it. Then call the courts to clean up the mess.

  • Jimbo smith

    That boy sure has a pretty mouth.

  • Kita black’pearl Mc

    Once again it would be a time to kill. All they would have to identity him would be his private parts in a jar.

  • ThinkMn

    Nice thing about criminals, they just keep going until the courts get it right. This dude is gone for good now, finally.

  • Kenneth Lanning

    This is why my kids will never have a facebook account. And why Kids should not be permitted to have a facebook account

  • Leretseh

    Blacks make up only about 15% of Lorain, OH. Makes it most likely…the 11-year-old was white. Geez, how completely stupid can someone be? Like the 11-year-old wasn’t going to tell someone (like her parents!)… This black man deserves a very long prison sentence. Whatever sentence he does get, when he gets out he’ll be immediately added to the FBI’s sexual predator list.

  • Otter

    No more “dropping down” the charges! Lock them up the first time. ( I wonder how many other times he has done this with out getting caught. )