A trial date has been set for Chris Simcox, founder of the now-defunct Minutemen Civil Defense Corp. The Tea Party “patriot” and former leader of the group will head to court in December on charges of child molestation, sexual conduct with a minor and furnishing obscene or harmful items to minors.
Simcox, a former kindergarten teacher who is accused of abusing two girls under the age of ten in 2012 and 2013, has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
The militia group closed down in 2010, but its name lived on through the Declaration Alliance, which used the site name and web site to solicit support for the Tea Party long after the militia disbanded “out of concern for their volunteers’ safety and accelerating liability threats.”
Simcox, who was once a regular speaker at Tea Party rallies, mounted an unsuccessful primary challenge to John McCain in 2010. After dropping out of the race, he endorsed J.D. Hayworth (R), who served in the House of Representatives between 1995 and 2007. During his campaign, Hayworth called Simcox his “good friend.”