A 48-year-old man was arrested Thursday on a sexual battery charge after DNA evidence linked him to the child of the 17-year-old victim, police said.
George Simms Jr. was taken into custody by U.S. marshals Thursday morning in Delray Beach, Boynton Beach police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater said. He faces one count of sexual battery.
According to a Boynton Beach police report, the teenage girl told police that she was raped by Simms in February 2016. She told police that she was at a party in Boynton Beach, had a glass of liquor and felt a bit “tipsy” when she left with a friend to go to a store.
After the friend left, Simms started kissing the girl, she told police. She told him “no” as he proceeded to take off their pants and rape her, the report said.
In April 2016, the girl learned that she was pregnant. When police questioned Simms about the alleged incident in May 2016, he denied having any sexual relationship with the teen and agreed to provide a sample of his DNA, the report said.
After the teen gave birth in October 2016, police obtained consent to collect DNA from the newborn baby. The DNA evidence was sent to a laboratory for testing, and the results came back last month.
The DNA report indicated that Simms cannot “be excluded as the biological father,” police said. It determined that the “odds are 150 billion times more likely” that Simms is the father instead of someone else, police said.