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Democratic Arizona state Sen. Tony Navarrete resigned on Tuesday in the face of multiple felony charges in connection with allegedly sexually abusing a child.
“This was the right thing to do considering the serious allegations,” Arizona Senate President Karen Fann and Minority Leader Rebecca Rios said in a joint statement announcing Navarrete’s resignation.
His age is unclear.
Child Sex Abuse Charges
Navarrete was arrested last week on seven felony charges: five involving sexual conduct with a minor, one for attempted sexual conduct with a minor, and a seventh charge of child molestation.
The arrest came after a 16-year-old boy went to Phoenix police with allegations of abuse dating from 2019. The probable cause statement also alleged that Navarrete attempted sexual conduct with a 13-year-old boy.
The victim spoke with Navarrete in a phone call recorded by Phoenix police. During the call, Navarrete repeatedly expressed regret for his actions and said the youth was not at fault. At one point, when asked why he molested the young man, Navarrete said he was “not well.”
He was jailed Thursday and released Saturday on a $50,000 bond and with an electronic monitor. A status conference in his case is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Thursday in Maricopa County Superior Court.
Disgraced Arizona state Sen. Otoniel “Tony” Navarrete resigned Tuesday, the Senate said, less than a week after he was arrested on charges of sexual conduct with a minor.
Leaders from both parties had been calling on the Democrat to step down ever since the graphic details of his alleged crimes were made public in court documents released Friday, a day after he was taken into custody by the Phoenix Police Department.
State lawmakers from both parties and GOP Gov. Doug Ducey called for Navarrete to leave office after being arrested and jailed earlier this month on seven felony charges, including sexual contact with a minor, child molestation and attempted sexual contact with a minor.
Navarrete was elected a state senator in 2018, representing Arizona’s 30th District, and previously served as a state representative.
Navarrete was released Saturday morning after posting bond, which had been set at $50,000. He is scheduled in court for a status conference on Thursday and a preliminary hearing Monday.