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Police Search Home Of Gene Simmons; Rock Icon, Family Not Suspects

BENEDICT CANYON ( — Authorities say the home of KISS co-founder Gene Simmons was searched Thursday afternoon by police but neither the rock icon nor his family are considered suspects.

The Los Angeles Police Department said the Internet Crimes against Children Task Force searched the home and explained that the Simmons family was extremely cooperative.

Police would not release further comment, citing an active investigation.

Simmons' representative, however, released a statement that said that police visited the home to discuss a "crime that may have occurred on their property last year while Simmons was away on tour with KISS."

"Neither Mr. Simmons nor any member of his family is a person of interest in the investigation and they are cooperating fully with the investigation," his representative said.

The statement went on to say that police have requested that Simmons and his family do not discuss the investigation publicly so as to not compromise it.

Simmons is best known as a front man for Kiss, the rock band he co-founded in the 1970s, as well as for his television show "Gene Simmons Family Jewels." Late Thursday, Shannon Tweed Simmons, his wife, tweeted the following:

Police stressed that Simmons was not a suspect, nor were members of his family.

Simmons' home is located in Benedict Canyon near Beverly Hills.

The Internet Crimes against Children Task Force investigates crimes involving child predators who may lure children or deal in suspected child pornography.

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