Doug Ducey and the Stain of Simcox: Sources Say Accused Child Molester Chris Simcox Had Access to Families' Home Movies while Working for iMemories

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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.

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rh19541954
rh19541954

In the UK they are having a huge story on government high ranking pedophiles, is this the skeleton in Maricopa county law enforcements closet?

rh19541954
rh19541954

The minute men are social misfits, from all over the USA, this one is from California, his occupation a teacher, now do all teachers lean to being pedophiles? No but like sadists pedophiles choose occupations which put them in contact with those they like to abuse, does sadism and pedophilia go hand in hand probably more so than not, but sadists lean to law enforcement, jailers, corrections, nursing homes etc., places where they can abuse folks who either no one cares about or have been made helpless by old age! I venture the rogue minute men who murdered the Hispanic man and his 9 year old daughter south  of Tucson sometime back and are now on death row do not fall far from this tree Chris Simcox belong on! Then there is the late JD Ready, often wondered how many of them mysterious dead bodies he had a hand in they used to find in the desert or his pals? I mean how hard would it be for them to capture a unarmed, poverty stricken Hispanic, hold them deny them water and let nature take its course and then leave them to nature!

rh19541954
rh19541954

Wonder why the media has kept the story under wraps? Is it due to the Arpaio and law enforcement connections to this pedophile minute man?

RetiredArmy
RetiredArmy

Lets not forget the third party that makes for a nice threesome, and who has connections to both of these perverts, Bill Montgomery.

fishingblues
fishingblues

Simcox & JD Ready, both my real life hero's

salmo60
salmo60

This story is quite a stretch to tie "Satellite" Doug Ducey and this Wilcox pervert together. Lemons attempts to make that connection by innuendo but not much more.

Very weak story, Mr. Lemons. You can do much better. 

Chuck Graf
Chuck Graf

It's time to end the GOP stranglehold on Arizona politics. No republican will get my vote.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Interesting.

Ducey has $100K invested in this company, meaning he owns a percentage of it.

What I want to know is, how much of iMemories does Ducey own?

If he owns enough of the company to control a majority, Ducey is in political trouble, because then he'd be responsible for hiring/firing employees.

stokes_g
stokes_g

What a shameful article. I'm by no means a Ducey supporter, but this is a sorry excuse for journalism. The headline alleges that Ducey is "stained" by association with an infamous child molester (including a nice little juxtaposition of a Simcox's mugshot and Ducey on the campaign trail), but makes no attempt to corroborate that their is any connection at all beyond unfortunate coincidence.

Even a remedial understanding of how corporate boards operate tells you that there is little reason to question the assertion that Ducey "never had a role in the company's day-to-day operations." I see nowhere in the article that provides any reason to think that he had any link to Simcox's employment whatsoever. To be fair, the article never directly alleges that there was a link. Rather it uses subterfuge and almost magician-like slight of hand to pad out the article in an attempt to justify the headline. It mentions that Ducey once had an office at iMemories, but never attempts to explain the relevance of that information. It's placement in the article seems to serve a vaguely incriminating counterpoint to the claim that Ducey had no involvement in Simcox's employment, but Lemons never fully explains himself beyond statements like "it troubles me."

I understand that New Times is a progressive newspaper and is ideologically opposed to politicians like Ducey. Fine. But their commitment to journalistic integrity should supersede their desire to tar politicians with whom they disagree.

Joe Rollins
Joe Rollins

Ducey's TV commercial about being unwilling to compromise (an essential part of getting things accomplished politically) already turned me off to his partisan worthlessness. His connections to shady individuals really don't change the fact that I won't vote for him.

GitItRight
GitItRight

Guilt by not even association.  Talk about a stretch.

DNichols
DNichols

Are Ducey, and Simcox Twin Brothers?!


Add a five oclock shadow to Ducey, and they look identical.


Perhaps just a Racist trait?

arizonaeagletarian
arizonaeagletarian

I agree that the known facts make the connection between Simcox and Ducey sketchy at best. However, if Dennis20's hunch is correct, then it IS troubling.

Regardless of whether Ducey knew/knows Simcox, it is VERY important for news enterprises and their journalists to be confronting corporate corruption in addition to government corruption.

Putting it out there like this story does might just help other people decide to come forward.

Jukes
Jukes

"Simcox was arrested on charges that he molested three minors" and the police didn't confiscate his computer?!  In what jurisdiction is that appropriate?  Obviously, someone didn't want to know what was going to be found there.

I am also bothered by the group photo on page 2.  I would like to know who ALL those people are.  I recognize Arpaio, of course.  If Simcox was that chummy with those types, it seems obvious to me why he was hired at iMemory with no background check.  Again, a case of what they don't want to know.

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

What Lemons didn't say but I believe to be true is that Ducey got him the job. Duceyis a racist piece of shit and they all stick together until one of them gets caught screwing up like JT Ready or Chris Simcox. After that-they pretend they never knew them. Ask Russell Pearce.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

Mr. Lemons, Excellent journalism and public service. Connecting the cronies is most important for folks to understand who and what drives Arizona. How those in high places get a slap on the wrist, while the ordinary people get "zero tolerance" and are often given defacto life sentences for first time, non-violent crimes.

davemaney
davemaney

Hey you're not supposed to be so transparent in your bungling when you create a naked political hit piece! You're supposed to have at least some logical thread connecting the elements of your story -- or else it becomes apparent that all you're doing is throwing mounds of oppo research shit at the wall and hoping something sticks. Your knowledge of the simplest business concepts, like what a board member does in their role, is clearly non-existent. Suggesting that Doug Ducey is somehow responsible for a child molester's employment because he sat on the board of a company where the molester worked is like saying someone who was a board member at Quizno's is responsible for Jared Loughner's being employed making sandwiches before getting fired and shooting Gabby Giffords. Seriously? 


If you're going to do the Democrat party's bidding, at least learn how shiv properly. We can't have such slimeball duncery showing...

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eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

A corporation hires a retired general to sit on its board. S/he most likely would have nothing to do with day to day operations. On the other hand, small corporations usually put senior managers on their boards of directors. That's where Ducey comes in. It really does stain credibility for iMemories' h.r. manager to claim that they conducted a full background check on Chris Simcox. As Lemons noted, in their due diligence they would have found numerous reasons to be wary of hiring him. That said, I'm eric.nelson745 and I endorsed this hit piece.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Simcox is a fucking douchebag.

Ducey is another scum-sucking douchebag.

TheyCallMeMrTibbs
TheyCallMeMrTibbs

@stokes_g 

", but Lemons never fully explains himself beyond statements like "it troubles me.""


It doesn't trouble u that Simcox may have been watching folks' home movies at iMemories? 

TheyCallMeMrTibbs
TheyCallMeMrTibbs

@GitItRight Ducey is part owner of a company that hired a man with incidents of alleged molestation and domestic violence in his past. Nature of the job is important. Even if Ducey is not directly responsible for Simcox's hiring, he is indirectly responsible for allowing a situation that allowed Simcox's hire.

Ponder
Ponder

Do you have evidence to support your assertion? That would be good stuff to know.

DNichols
DNichols

@dennis20 

You sure hit the nail on the head.

Along with Teflon Joe who had close ties with them all, including Neo Nazi's.

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

@davemaney Facts are facts regardless of the sarcasm. If you don't want the truth there are plenty of old Chris Simcox videos out there where he is telling tall tales of protecting the border.  

TheyCallMeMrTibbs
TheyCallMeMrTibbs

@davemaney Quest: If this is true, then why did iMemories say what it did last yr? And does DD care? Why did DD have an office there? Did DD know that Simcox wrked there? Did he help get Simcox the job? All Qs DD shld answer, but he's hidin behind Dlaney.

teknik
teknik

@davemaney you are saying hidden bias is better than sarcastic blatant bias?

stokes_g
stokes_g

Of course that's disturbing. I still fail to see the link with Doug Ducey, given that there is no evidence to suggest he recommended Simcox for the job or had any HR or supervisory role in the company.

If Lemons wanted to write an article about concerns regarding iMemory, Ducey's role in the company would be a minor footnote, if that. So why then does Ducey's virtually nonexistent connection to Lemons become the eye-grabbing headline to this article? Why is he even featured in the article beyond a perhaps a quick note that he is on the board of the company?

Lemons knew an article proporting a scandal would "sell" better, or he simply wanted to use a spurious link to Simcox as a way to smear Ducey (which, sidenote, sounds disgusting). Either way, it's sleazy journalism that trivializes the very real, very tragic situation.

GitItRight
GitItRight

@TheyCallMeMrTibbs If all you have is implicating a board member of a  company with a hundred employees because of an employee's private behavior, means you have nothing.  It's petty and makes the paper look foolish.  

davemaney
davemaney

@dennis20 I wouldn't expect the average Democrat to understand what a member of a private company's board of directors does; I would expect that a "journalist", while probably not understanding it either, would at least endeavor to ask someone. If they did, they'd learn that private company boards provide oversight and review of the chief executive, and also act as fiduciaries for shareholders. They do not "run" the companies, and they certainly, certainly, do not involve themselves in day-to-day decision-making about who gets hired and fired for entry level production jobs. But that wouldn't leave any way to put "Doug Ducey" and "child molester" in the same headline, now would it? How pathetic.Like I said - you want to shiv, you've got to get better at it, Stephen Lemons.

davemaney
davemaney

@dennis20 I wouldn't expect the average Democrat to understand what a member of a private company's board of directors does; I would expect that a "journalist", while probably not understanding it either, would at least endeavor to ask someone. If they did, they'd learn that private company boards provide oversight and act as fiduciaries for shareholders. They do not "run" the companies, and they certainly, certainly, do not involve themselves in day-to-day decisionmaking about who gets hired and fired for lower-level production jobs. But that wouldn't leave any way to put "Doug Ducey" and "child molester" in the same headline, now would it? Pathetic.

TheyCallMeMrTibbs
TheyCallMeMrTibbs

@stokes_g

Ducey's involvement is part of what makes it "news." Goes to his judgement. He and other owners of this company bear responsibility for this scenario. And if Ducey had an office there, I find it very, very hard to believe he didn't know Simcox worked there. As to whether he hired him we only have his denials at this point. Not convinced.

TheyCallMeMrTibbs
TheyCallMeMrTibbs

He's a major investor in the cpany. Chaired the board for four years. Allegedly had an office there. As for Simcox's "private" actions, would u want him lookin at pics of ur naked child? His "private" actions were all over the freaking web.

barbaraespinosa1
barbaraespinosa1

@davemaney @dennis20 I believe the point is the company DID NOT doa background check on Simcox. It's not like Ducey wasn't aware of who Simcox was he had been a candidate fo a public office and all over the news pertaining to domestic issues. 

TheyCallMeMrTibbs
TheyCallMeMrTibbs

Does DD care that an alleged child molester may have been watching home movies of clients? If I had that much $ in it I wld.

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

@davemaney @dennis20 Hey dumb-ass, there is no law against nor is it uncommon for an owner, CEO or  board member to refer someone to a job. 


You are really spinning some crap there if you think it is not allowed or never happens. You don't need to be a journalist or a dem to understand that. 


Even dumbass's like you usually understand it when you aren't trolling for your boy.


The fact is, since hiring a racist child molester like Simcox to view naked kid film isn't against the law, there is no way to look at his employment files, who referred him etc.. but since lies about what his access  was were already uncovered, I have a reasonable expectation that more will be revealed and that Doug Ducey is hiding something. 


davemaney
davemaney

@TheyCallMeMrTibbs Sure. Do you think that means that a fiduciary board would therefore be reviewing every hire? That's not the way any private company in the world works. That's not what boards do. Like I said - the reporter's failure to understand the rudiments of private companies makes the attempted character assassination transparent. 

TheyCallMeMrTibbs
TheyCallMeMrTibbs

@GitItRight @TheyCallMeMrTibbs

Simcox's actions as an employee included (accrding 2 this article) reviewing clients home movies, with images of naked kids. Alone. With ample opportunity to copy and take it home w/him. 

GitItRight
GitItRight

@TheyCallMeMrTibbs This is a pathetic, ideologically driven attack with NO EVIDENCE, none, connecting the candidate.  I will end with this, keep pushing this nonsensical connection with Doug Ducey will only strengthen his support. .  

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