Chris Simcox Pleads Not Guilty to Child Molestation Charges
At least for part of that time, he was working for the Scottsdale company iMemories, owned largely by Arizona Treasurer Doug Ducey. The business transfers home movies and photos into a digital format.
The company has denied that Simcox viewed clients' family images. But its representatives have not given specifics on what the ex-minuteman did for iMemories, other than stating that he was an "hourly employee."
A spokesman for the company claimed Simcox was terminated June 5. Phoenix cops arrested him June 19.
Dressed in the standard stripes of an in-custody inmate and handcuffed in front, Simcox scowled during his time in court, sometimes biting his lower lip.
After he stated his name and pleaded not guilty, he returned to the fishbowl, where county prisoners await their turn in court, and was escorted out.
He will likely be in jail for a long time. If convicted, he could spend the rest of his life behind bars.
As I've reported previously, his charges break down thus: two counts of molestation of a child, a class 2 felony; three for sexual conduct with a minor, a class 2 felony; and one for furnishing obscene or harmful items to children, a class 4 felony.
The class 2 felonies are categorized as dangerous crimes against children, meaning that, hypothetically, at least, Simcox could face life in prison for just one of them, if found guilty.
Should a life sentence not be imposed after a guilty verdict, the law calls for consecutive sentencing, meaning the sentences would run back-to-back. The sentence for just one count of molestation or sexual conduct with a minor could be anywhere from 13 to 27 years.
The allegations in Simcox's probable cause statement cited three children under the age of ten, one being Simcox's daughter.
Only two victims currently are listed for the six counts. A third victim, whose incident apparently did not involve touching, is no longer cited.
Simcox's next hearing is scheduled for August 20.