- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - A jury has been selected at the trial of a founder of the Minuteman border-watch movement on charges that he sexually abused two young girls.

Opening statements are scheduled to begin Wednesday afternoon for Christopher Allen Simcox on charges that he molested a 5-year-old girl and engaged in sexual conduct with a 6-year-old girl during an 11-month period ending in May 2013.

Simcox has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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.

The movement splintered after Simcox and another co-founder parted ways and headed up separate groups.

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