Franklin County Assistant District Attorney Resigns Week After Arrest

Brian Simms resigned his post as Franklin County Assistant District Attorney a week after Westerville Police arrested him on charges of domestic violence and assault.

Simms, 59, handed in her resignation letter on Friday, Janet Grubb, first deputy prosecutor, who oversees the office’s criminal division, told The Dispatch.

On June 26, Simms was charged by Westerville Police with assaulting his wife at their home there. “after an argument earlier in the evening,” according to court documents.

“His wife had visible injuries to her neck and face where Brian grabbed her by the throat and punched her in the face,” wrote an investigator in an affidavit filed with the complaint.

Simms has pleaded not guilty to first-degree torts charges in Delaware County City Court and is free on his own initiative.

The case is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on July 28.

Sam Shamansky, Simms’ attorney, told The Dispatch that his client submitted his resignation “with great regret. But given the publicity surrounding the matter, he felt it was in everyone’s best interests to to retire”.

Shamansky said Simms was eligible for retirement after decades of public service.

Simms, who became a lawyer in 1994, has worked in the Franklin County District Attorney’s Office since 1998. As a senior prosecutor, he has handled serious crime cases, including accused accused of murder.

Previously, he was a director of the Franklin County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Board.

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