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Updated Jun 19, 2013 - 10:06 pm

Minuteman group co-founder charged with child molestation

Christopher Allen Simcox. (Phoenix Police Department)

PHOENIX -- The leader of an Arizona militia group was arrested Thursday on suspicion of molesting three young girls.

According to police documents, Christopher Allen Simcox, 52, was charged after detectives found probable cause that he had molested the girls in the past several months.

Police withheld further details to prevent the victims being identified.

Simcox was charged with two counts of molestation of a child, two counts of sexual conduct with a minor and one count of attempted molestation of a child.

Simcox is the co-founder of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps and the group's main spokesperson.

Anyone with more information on these crimes is asked to contact the Phoenix Police Department at (602) 534-2121 or Silent Witness at (480) WITNESS.

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