AZ--Accused child molester won’t question his victims; SNAP responds
For immediate release: Tuesday, March 22, 2016
We’re grateful that an accused predator will not cross examine his young victims in court.
“Ex-Minuteman leader and alleged child molester Chris Simcox has dropped his controversial bid to personally cross-examine two alleged child victims during an upcoming trial,” according to the Phoenix New Times.
Our society must make it easier, not harder, for victims of sexual violence to testify in court, especially if they are children. The rights of the accused cannot be used to silence and intimidate the innocent and the wounded.
We hope other alleged child molesters who would consider this mean-spirited maneuver will think twice before doing so.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
Alleged Pedophile Chris Simcox Drops Bid to Personally Cross-Examine Child Victims
TUESDAY, MARCH 22, 2016 AT 6 A.M. BY STEPHEN LEMONS
Ex-Minuteman leader and alleged child molester Chris Simcox has dropped his controversial bid to personally cross-examine two alleged child victims during an upcoming trial, according to attorneys involved with the case.
Simcox, who is representing himself, told Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Jose Padilla that . . .