Arizona State Sen. Tony Navarrete Released on Bond

Arizona State Sen. Tony Navarrete, accused of child sex crimes was released on bond after being arrested Thursday on suspicion of sexual conduct with a minor.

Bond was set for the Arizona lawmaker at $50,000 and posted on Saturday morning.

Navarrete, 35, was charged with three counts of sexual conduct with a minor (class 2 felony), two counts of sexual conduct with a minor (class 6 felony), one count of attempted sexual conduct with a minor and one count of molestation of a child.

The Phoenix Police Department arrested the state Senator on probable cause after interviewing the juvenile victim and witnesses. The alleged crimes occurred in 2019 with a child who said he was 12 or 13 at the time, according to a probable cause statement.

Both Republican and Democrat state leaders, including Gov. Doug Ducey have called on Navarrete to resign due to the allegations. Navarrete is in his second term as a senator in District 30, which encompasses parts of Phoenix and Glendale. Prior to that, he served one term in the House.

His next court appearance will be a status conference Thursday at 10:30 a.m. before a preliminary hearing Aug. 16 at 10:30 a.m.

 


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