Man convicted of raping 14-year-old girl disappears during jury deliberations

A national search is underway for Gary Simmons.

Simmons disappeared Monday after the jury started deliberating.

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A jury found him guilty Tuesday morning of two counts of first-degree rape.

Sentencing has been delayed until authorities can track down Simmons. He faces up to 50 years in prison.

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