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Topic - Chris Simcox
A new trial date has been set for a founder of the Minuteman border-watch movement on charges that he sexually abused two girls under the age of 10.
Chris Simcox, who founded a border-watch group known as the Minutemen to look for illegal immigrants coming into Arizona from Mexico, has been arrested in Phoenix on suspicion of having sexual contact with three girls under the age of 10, police said.
An Arizona court has ruled that an order of protection against Minuteman co-founder Chris Simcox sought by his estranged wife as part of a messy divorce case be continued "in full force," saying evidence shows that he committed an act of violence.
Minuteman co-founder Chris Simcox, the focus of allegations in an Arizona divorce case that says he threatened to kill his wife, their three children and any police who came to protect them, says he will defend himself in court and "not in the court of public opinion."
Chris Simcox went from lone sentry on the Arizona border to the leader of thousands of armed civilian volunteers as part of the Minuteman movement to a frequent speaker before Congress to a U.S. senatorial candidate — all in five years. Now bounty hunters are looking for him.
Several former Minuteman leaders, angry over the organization's failure to account for hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of dollars in donations, have formed their own border-vigil operation.
In court documents, Mrs. Simcox, 30, said her husband of four years threatened her in November with a gun that he "repeatedly pointed at me, saying he was going to kill me, and my kids, and the police."
On a recent posting on his Web page, Mr. Simcox said in a rambling report that while he was "compelled … by a divine power" to create the Minuteman movement and that he spent nine years of his life trying to fulfill the mission, his effort had led to his "falling short in all my relationships, most notably my duty to my wife and family."