Minuteman movement founder's trial to begin Oct. 9

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX (AP) -- The trial for a founder of the Minuteman border-watch movement on child molestation charges has been delayed by a little more than a month.

Chris Simcox's trial had been scheduled to begin Tuesday but has been reset for Oct. 9.

He has pleaded not guilty to charges of child molestation, sexual conduct with a minor and another charge.

Simcox has denied allegations that he abused the two girls in 2012 and 2013.

The Minuteman movement stepped into the spotlight in 2005 as illegal immigration heated up as a national political issue and Minuteman volunteers fanned out along the nation's southern border to watch for illegal crossings and report them to federal agents.

But the movement splintered after Simcox and a co-founder parted ways and headed up separate groups.

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