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Updated Jun 20, 2013 - 3:57 pm

Minuteman founder denied bail on abuse allegations

PHOENIX — A founder of the Minuteman border-watch movement was denied bail
after his arrest in Arizona on allegations that he sexually abused three young
girls over the last several months.

Christopher Allen Simcox, 52, denied all of the abuse allegations during a
police interview. He has been accused of victimizing two 6-year-olds and a
5-year-old.

Simcox was denied bailed by Maricopa County Court Commissioner Barbara Ann
Hamner late Wednesday night because he was suspected of sexually abusing
children younger than 15. Such allegations make Simcox ineligible for bail in
Arizona.

Simcox was booked on two counts of child molestation, two counts of sexual
conduct with a minor and one count of attempted child molestation.

It’s unclear whether Simcox has a lawyer. No lawyer was listed for Simcox in
court records.

The Minuteman movement stepped into the spotlight in 2005 as illegal
immigration heated up as a national political issue and Minuteman volunteers
fanned out along the nation’s southern border to watch for illegal crossings and
report them to federal agents.

But the movement splintered after Simcox and co-founder Jim Gilchrist parted
ways and headed up separate groups.

Simcox, who once served as publisher of the Tombstone Tumbleweed newspaper,
went on to briefly enter Arizona’s 2010 U.S. Senate primary against incumbent
John McCain but dropped out of the race. His name didn’t appear on the ballot.

In 2004, Simcox was sentenced two years of probation for misdemeanor
convictions in federal court for carrying a concealed loaded handgun at the
Coronado National Memorial near the Arizona-Mexico border in January 2003.

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