19yo Hiawatha woman arrested for alleged sexual assault against minor

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HIAWATHA, Kan. (WIBW) — A 19-year-old Hiawatha woman was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a minor.

According to the Hiawatha Police Dept., Teaini Simmons faces charges of rape and aggravated indecent liberties with a child. Both offenses carry possible life sentences.

Hiawatha Police Chief John Defore says a concerned citizen had tipped off his department that Simmons was allegedly romantically involved with a child under the age of 14.

Defore said investigators began immediately looking into the matter, working in conjunction with the Brown Co. District Attorney's Office. During the investigation, they developed probable cause to make the arrest and file charges against Simmons.