For more than a decade, Simmons had been a person of interest in several suspicious fires in South Polk County and Eastern Oklahoma. After his arrest on a warrant, Polk County Sheriff’s Deputy Ronnie Richardson interrogated Simmons. During the interrogation, Simmons admitted that beginning in his late teens, he had started more than twenty fires in Polk County and Eastern Oklahoma.
Many of the fires Simmons confessed to setting had not even been reported to law enforcement. Of those fires Simmons confessed to setting, only a fraction met the legal definition of Arson. Unfortunately, most of his confessed misdeeds are barred from prosecution under the statute of limitations. Simmons may also face additional charges for the recent fires he set in Oklahoma.