Former Arizona State Senator Navarrete Indicted on 7 Counts Related to Child Sex Crimes

Former lawmaker Tony Navarrete was indicted Thursday on seven counts related to allegations of child sex crimes that allegedly occurred in 2019.

Navarrete was indicted on the following counts:
-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
-One count of molestation of a child

An arraignment hearing for Navarrete is set for Friday in Maricopa County Superior Court.

Former Arizona State Senator Navarrete, 35, was arrested Aug. 5 after the Phoenix Police Department said it had probable cause to take Navarrete, 35, into custody after interviewing a 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.

He did not enter a plea during an initial court appearance on Aug. 6 where a prosecutor said he faced a mandatory minimum sentence of 49 years in prison if convicted of all charges.

Navarrete was released Aug. 7 after posting bond, which had been set at $50,000.

On Aug. 10, he resigned from his position as a senator in District 30, which covers parts of Phoenix and Glendale

Prior to serving in the state Senate, he served one term in the House.

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