An Arizona state senator faces charges after, police say, he sexually abused a child.
State Sen. Tony Navarrete, D-Phoenix, was arrested on Thursday, Aug. 5, and charged with multiple counts of sexual conduct with a minor, among other charges, Phoenix police told the AZ family.
Senate Democrats confirmed that one of its members had been arrested.
“We are aware one of our members has been arrested and are awaiting further details and for law enforcement to do its job. We will not have further comment at this time,” Democrats said in a statement.
Navarrete, a 35-year-old Democrat, was arrested on Thursday and police subsequently confirmed to news outlet Arizona’s Family that the arrest relates to suspected sexual conduct with a minor in 2019.
Navarrete’s arrest comes days after the senator said he tested positive for COVID-19.
He said in a Facebook post his symptoms were mild and urged everyone to get the vaccine.
The Phoenix Police Department issued a media advisory about the arrest on Thursday which did not name Navarrete. It was shared on Twitter by ABC 15’s Nicole Valdez.
“On August 4th, 2021, The Phoenix Police Department received a report of sexual conduct with a minor that occurred in 2019,” the police advisory said.
“Detectives interviewed a juvenile victim and witnesses, and on August 5th, developed probable cause to arrest the suspect.”
“The suspect was arrested and is currently in the process of being booked into jail for multiple counts of Sexual Conduct with a minor, among other charges. The suspect’s name and booking number will be provided when the booking process is complete.”
Just before that came out though, I was back and forth with @PhoenixPD trying to get more information on this arrest.
Here’s their media advisory sent at 9:38PM ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/JRiTufPA4k
— Nicole Valdes (@NicoleValdesTV) August 6, 2021
But photos from his now-deleted Instagram account reveal even more controversy.
Pictures from AZ State Senator Tony Navarrete’s Instagram:
Not mainstream media reported about his arrest or the fact that he is a close friend with major Democrats!
Navarrete was elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2016 to represent District 30 and was elected to serve in the state senate for District 30 in 2018. He was re-elected in 2020 and is also deputy director of community non-profit group Promise Arizona.