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Phx Dem. state senator arrested for child sex crimes

Democratic state Sen. Otoniel "Tony" Navarrete was arrested Thursday and booked into jail on several charges related to alleged sexual conduct with a minor.

The Phoenix Police Department said it received a report on Wednesday of sexual conduct between Navarrete and a minor that allegedly occurred in 2019. A statement from the department said detectives interviewed a juvenile victim and a witness, giving them probable cause to arrest Navarrete on Thursday on several charges, including sexual conduct with a minor.

In a statement Friday morning, Senate Democrats said they were "deeply disturbed" by the charges against Navarrete, though they didn't call for his resignation and said they were awaiting more details about the allegations.

"These allegations and arrest are serious and deeply troubling. Right now, it's important to allow for due process to take place through our judicial system. We are closely monitoring the situation and are anxious for the facts of this ongoing investigation to be revealed," the Senate Democrats' statement read.

House Democrats also released a statement Friday morning saying they are "deeply alarmed" about the "obviously very serious and disturbing allegations" against Navarrete.

"We will always strongly support survivors of sexual abuse and have no tolerance for any harm caused to children. Until more is known, it is important at this point to let law enforcement do its job and conduct a thorough and complete investigation providing due process for all involved," they said.

Navarrete, 35, of Phoenix, was elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2016 and to the state Senate in 2018.

Navarrete was in custody Friday morning and could not be reached for comment. His attorney did not return a message from the Arizona Mirror.

This story is developing and will be updated as more information is gathered.

This report was first published by the Arizona Mirror.


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