Minutemen co-founder arrested on suspicion of child molestation

Chris Simcox, a former leader of the border control group, is accused of molesting three girls under 10 years old

By Jillian Rayfield

Published June 20, 2013 1:19PM (EDT)

Minuteman co-founder Chris Simcox  (Simcoxforsenate.com)
Minuteman co-founder Chris Simcox (Simcoxforsenate.com)

Chris Simcox, the co-founder of the border patrol group the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps and a failed candidate for senate in Arizona, was arrested and booked on suspicion of molesting three girls under age 10, according to law enforcement in Phoenix.

Reuters reports:

Detectives with the department's Family Investigations Bureau developed "probable cause" that Simcox had sexual conduct with the girls during the past several months, Thompson said. No other details were immediately available.

Simcox has denied the allegations to police. It was not known if he had an attorney.

Simcox was booked on five counts related to the allegations, including two counts of child molestation, two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, and one count of attempted child molestation, according to ABC15 in Phoenix.

In 2009, Simcox launched a failed bid to oust Sen. John McCain in the Republican primary. In 2010, his wife was granted a restraining order against him, after she alleged that Simcox threatened her and her children with a gun and said "he was going to kill me, and my kids, and the police” multiple times after he had been drinking.

Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at jrayfield@salon.com.

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