Doug Ducey and the Stain of Simcox: Sources Say Accused Child Molester Chris Simcox Had Access to Families' Home Movies while Working for iMemories
Gage Skidmore Doug Ducey has more than $100,000 invested in iMemories and was chairman of the board up till 2012; Simcox (inset) worked there till he was let go, two weeks before he was arrested
More than a year has passed since former Minuteman leader Chris Simcox was arrested on charges that he molested three minors, including one of his own daughters.
Simcox has refused a generous plea deal from the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, and so he bides his time in Sheriff Joe Arpaio's gray-bar hotel awaiting a trial, which may come this fall.
In May, things got worse for the man his enemies once dubbed "the Little Prince" for his imperiousness.
Judge William Brotherton ruled in favor of the prosecution's bid to introduce evidence of other alleged molestations by Simcox, including an incident involving a now-grown daughter, first written about by the Southern Poverty Law Center in 2005.
Simcox took the stand during the hearing before Brotherton to argue that, contrary to what the prosecution contended in its motion, he did not have "a character trait giving rise to an aberrant sexual propensity to commit the offenses charged."
However, Brotherton found that the "evidence is sufficient to prove that the defendant committed these other acts."
Legal beagles tell me this is very bad news for the onetime U.S. Senate candidate, who once hobnobbed with politicos such as Arpaio and disbarred former county attorney and current gubernatorial candidate Andrew Thomas.
Just a few years ago, right-wing pols were falling over themselves to get Simcox's endorsement. Now, rightly, he is a pariah and may be headed for a long stretch in prison.
But his indirect connection to Arizona State Treasurer Doug Ducey, leader of the pack of GOP governor wannabes, troubles me, and not just because their hardline views on immigration are so similar.
Shortly after Simcox's arrest, I posted a blog revealing that Simcox had worked for the Scottsdale firm iMemories until about two weeks before he was popped by Phoenix police.
The company transfers video footage and photos into a digital format. A recent USA Today profile of iMemories reported that the company has 100 employees and digitizes about 100,000 videos per month, many of them home movies.
Ducey was chairman of iMemories' board of directors from 2008 until late 2012. He was elected state treasurer in 2010, taking his oath of office January 2011.