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Closing arguments set for Simcox trial

Posted at 8:28 AM, Jun 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-06 11:28:30-04
PHOENIX (AP) - Closing arguments are scheduled Monday at the trial of a founder of the Minuteman border watch group on charges that he sexually abused two young girls.
 
Authorities say Christopher Allen Simcox molested a 5-year-old girl and engaged in sexual conduct with a 6-year-old girl during an 11-month period ending in May 2013.
 
He has denied the allegation and pleaded not guilty to charges of child molestation, sexual conduct with a minor and furnishing obscene or harmful items to minors.
 
The movement drew attention in 2005 as illegal immigration heated up as a national political issue.
 
But the group splintered after Simcox and another co-founder parted ways and led separate groups.
 
Prosecutors at the two-week trial are expected to call rebuttal witnesses Monday before jurors hear closing arguments.