Chris Simcox Pleads Not Guilty to Child Molestation Charges
New Times pool photo Alleged child molester Chris Simcox in the fishbowl at his arraignment today
Chris Simcox, the erstwhile face of the minuteman movement, was not playing to the cameras Wednesday morning in Maricopa County Superior Court, as he stood before Judge Casey Newcomb and pleaded not guilty to six felony counts related to child molestation.
Rather, the one-time leader of Minuteman Civil Defense Corps and co-founder of the Minuteman Project, who has made countless appearances on Fox News and other outlets, was clearly unhappy at the sight of video and still photographers, there to catch the formality of Simcox's arraignment hearing.
Simcox's public defender sounded ready to concede when Judge Newcomb asked if there was any objection to the two media pool cameras present.
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However, Simcox almost immediately said, "Yes."
The public defender then formally objected, in order to "prevent any public influence on Simcox's case."
But the judge said the cameras could stay, after making note of the PD's objection.
There was a time when the space between Simcox and a TV camera would have been a dangerous spot. Reporters and documentary-makers flocked to him during and following the Minuteman Project's big splash back in 2005.
Simcox was arguably the most telegenic and well-spoken leader of those drawn to the U.S.-Mexico border in a vain attempt at rebuffing the undocumented folks coming across.
He later ran for U.S. Senate in the 2010 GOP primary against John McCain, dropping out early on to throw his support behind J.D. Hayworth.
Following a brief stint with the Hayworth campaign and after being accused of domestic violence by his soon-to-be ex-wife Alena, he fell off the proverbial radar.