Phoenix Senator Tony Navarrete arrested for suspected sexual conduct with a child

Arizona State Senator Tony Navarrete has been arrested on suspicion of sexual conduct with a child and faces multiple charges, police in Phoenix have confirmed to local media.

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. He now faces multiple counts of sexual misconduct with a child as well as other charges, police said, though there are few details available at this time. Arizona’s ABC 15 also reported that Navarrete was arrested on suspicion of sex crimes, citing “multiple sources.”

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,”

Senate Democrats confirmed one of their senators was taken into custody and released a statement Thursday saying, “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.”

In 2016, Navarrete was first elected to the state House of Representatives and represented District 30. Two years later, voters elected him to the state Senate for District 30. He was re-elected in 2020. When he’s not at the state Capitol, he’s the deputy director of Promise Arizona, a community-based nonprofit.



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