You may have heard of Chris Simcox. He made a name for himself as the founder of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps (MCDC) — also called a Citizens Border Patrol Militia — and made it his mission in life to stop all the child molesters and rapists who try to cross the border from Mexico into the U.S.
Simcox, 54, has some troubles of his own, however. It seems that two little girls — ages seven and eight –have accused HIM of being one of the bad guys. What? This never happens! A right winger doing the crime he himself so detests?
Did we mention that he used to be a kindergarten teacher. In California. For 13 years.
Anyhow, as Raw Story reported on Wednesday, this case has a bizarre twist. Simcox may actually be able to cross-examine the little girls he’s accused of molesting.
According to the Arizona Republic, Simcox is representing himself in court (ha). He cross-examined the mothers of the little girls on Tuesday and Judge Jose Padilla cleared the way for him to actually personally confront the little girls.
Yes, really. Know why? Judge Padilla ruled that the girls’ mothers are not qualified to make the claim that their little girls will be traumatized by being confronted and questioned by the man they say raped them.
Simcox feels that questioning the little girls is his constitutional right, but victims groups are saying that it’s just another effort for him to manipulate the victims. From one of the mothers:
Both of the mothers said their daughters were afraid to have to answer Simcox’s questions in court. One mother said that when her daughter learned of what would be asked of her, “She jumped into my lap and started crying.”
The mother said the girl never had anxiety issues until her contact with Simcox.
The Arizona Victim’s Bill of Rights allows accusers to “refuse an interview, deposition, or other discovery request by the defendant.”
Simcox didn’t get to question his alleged victims on Tuesday and the hearing will continue on July 23rd.
Here’s the scary part about all of this, via AZ Central:
Prosecutors are calling it a “case of first impression,” meaning the ruling could set a precedent for similarly situated cases in the future, said Jerry Cobb, a spokesman for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.
This isn’t the first time this monster has been accused of abusing children. From Raw Story:
According to the SPLC, one of Simcox’ ex-wives had also accused him of molesting his own daughter from their marriage. Another accused him of slapping his 4-year-old child hard enough to leave a mark on his face for days.
Here’s a video.