Chris Simcox, Accused of Child Molestation, Has Indirect Ties to GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Doug Ducey

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.

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.

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Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times.
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