Chris Simcox, who founded a border-watch group known as the Minutemen to look for illegal immigrants coming into Arizona from Mexico, has been arrested in Phoenix on suspicion of having sexual contact with three girls under the age of 10, police said.
Mr. Simcox, 52, was arrested Wednesday and booked into the Maricopa County Jail on suspicion of two counts of molestation of a child, two counts of sexual conduct with a minor and one count of attempted molestation of a child, according to reports.
Police said Mr. Simcox has denied the allegations.
In 2010, his ex-wife alleged in court papers that he threatened to kill their family and in 2004, a federal judge sentenced him to two years of probation for carrying a firearm on national forest property.
Mr. Simcox, with Jim Gilchrist, a California accountant, formed the Minutemen in April 2005 that drew hundreds of civilian volunteers to the border to report the movement of illegal immigrants across the border to the U.S. Border Patrol.
He quit the organization in 2009 and announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate in Arizona against Sen. John McCain, but dropped out of the race.
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