GREENSBURG, Pa. -- State police said a 20-year-old convicted sex offender is facing new charges for allegedly being involved with four teenage girls in Westmoreland and Indiana counties.
Shawn Simms' roommates in Salem Township turned over his cell phone to state police, who said they found text messages, videos and photos and interviews with other girls helped determine that he was sexually involved with two 15-year-olds and two 17-year-olds in Latrobe, Derry, Slickville and Blairsville.
"One of them was the girl who was on the camera. Another was discovered through text messages on the phone. The third was discovered through interviews with people in the residence, and the fourth through interviews with the victims," Trooper Jeanne Martin said.
The alleged sexual activity was not random, Martin said, and some of the girls considered Simms to be a boyfriend.
Still, Martin said the young Saltsburg man is facing charges including statutory sexual assault, indecent exposure and corruption of minors, along with a Megan's Law violation for not registering his proper address.
His previous conviction, which required Simms to register as a sex offender, was for aggravated indecent assault of someone less than 16, statutory sexual assault and corruption of a minor in 2007.
The victim in the first case was a 13-year-old student from the Derry Area School District.
"She has nightmares," said the girl's mother, who is not being identified by WTAE Channel 4 Action News. "She is very stressed out. She has a feeling that he's gong to come back after her."
"She said that he came over to hang out with her and her friend at the house and smoked weed and proceeded to go into her friend's bedroom, where he forced himself on her and her friend held her down," the mother said.
Simms was being held in the Westmoreland County Prison on Wednesday.
The roommates found Simms' phone when he was in jail on an unrelated charge, Martin said.