Gay Democrat State Sen. Tony Navarrete Arrested For Child Sex Crimes

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PHOENIX – Democratic Arizona state Sen. Tony Navarrete has been arrested, accusing him of sexual conduct with a minor, police said Friday.

Navarrete, 35, is accused of repeatedly abusing a boy with whom he was living over a period of several years, according to court records. The boy, now 16, told detectives that Navarrete touched his genitals with his hands and mouth, starting when he was around 12 or 13 and continuing through his 15th birthday. The teen said he suffers from anxiety and anger that stems from the abuse.

The alleged molestation occurred in 2019, according to investigators, and Navarette is actually being charged with three counts of sexual conduct with a minor and one count of molestation of a child.

Responding to the arrest, Senate Democrats released a statement, saying, “We are deeply disturbed by what we’ve learned from recent media reports about the arrest of Senator Tony Navarrete. These allegations and arrest are serious and deeply troubling.”

It’s been a bad week for the state senator. On Tuesday, Navarrete tested positive for Covid-19 despite being fully vaccinated.

Governor Doug Ducey

“Sen. Navarrete should resign immediately. These allegations are abhorrent. My prayers are with the young victims and their loved ones during this traumatic time.”

Secretary of State Katie Hobbs

“These are incredibly disturbing allegations. Senator Navarrete should resign immediately.”

Superintendent Kathy Hoffman

“These are deeply disturbing charges, and while everyone is innocent until proven guilty, Senator Navarrete needs to resign. We must hold our elected leaders to the highest standards.”