Just shy of three years ago I note as follows: "As noted often on this blog, why is it that it seems like 9 times out of 10 that it is the far right conservatives and the pastors and priests from anti-gay religious denominations who are the ones always getting arrested on sex crimes charges? Oh, and lets not forget the "conservative" Republican officials who vote against gays even as they troll for gay sex on the sly." The observation was prompted by the arrest of Christopher Allen Simcox (pictured above), co- founder of the rabidly anti-immigrant Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, for child sex abuse. Now, Simcox has been convicted and will face sentencing on July 5, 2016. Once again we see the right wingers engaging in the behavior that they use to demonize others. The hypocrisy, while shocking, is truly becoming the norm with such people. Here are highlights from The Daily Mail:
An Arizona jury convicted the founder of the Minuteman border-watch group of molesting a five-year-old girl.
Christopher Allen Simcox, 55, was found guilty on charges that he molested the girl and showed her pornography on Wednesday.
But he escaped a mandatory life sentence after the jury acquitted him on of engaging in sexual conduct with a six-year-old girl.
A molestation conviction carries a sentence of 10 to 24 years in prison.
Simcox, who was convicted on two molestation counts, is scheduled to be sentenced on July 5.
An attorney who assisted him at trial said Simcox will still likely spend the rest of his life in prison, given Arizona's tough sentencing guidelines.
In closing arguments, a prosecutor scoffed at Simcox's claim that the girls were pressured by adults to bring the allegations.
His case was also noteworthy for Simcox's insistence that he should be allowed to personally question the girls on the witness stand.
Prosecutors argued that letting Simcox question the girls would cause them emotional distress. In the end, Simcox got an attorney to pose the questions.
Kerrie Droban, the lawyer who served as Simcox's adviser, said she was unsure whether Simcox would appeal the verdict.
‘The jury listened attentively,’ Droban said. ‘They gave him a fair trial.’
Simcox's arrest in 2013 came after his career as an advocate for tougher immigration policies had fizzled.
The Minuteman movement stepped into the spotlight in 2005 when illegal immigration heated up as a national political issue. Minuteman volunteers fanned out along the nation's southern border to watch for illegal crossings and report them to federal agents.
It's not the transgender or immigrants that one needs to fear, rather it is the "godly folk" who obsess over the sex lives of others and the rabid racists that one really needs to fear. Time and time again they are the ones that prove to be the predators.