(NewsReady.com) – The worst crimes are those against children. That’s especially true when it comes to sex crimes. And, when someone accuses a public official of committing one of these awful offenses, it’s almost unfathomable to the general public. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happened recently in Arizona.
On Thursday, August 5, Phoenix police arrested state Sen. Otoniel “Tony” Navarrete (D-AZ) on seven felony counts. One alleged victim, now 16, claims the senator began abusing him when he was just 12 years old. His brother, 13, also claimed Navarrette touched him in an inappropriate manner on his thigh.
NEW – Arizona state senator Tony Navarrete, a Democrat from Phoenix, was arrested on Thursday, on multiple charges including counts of sexual conduct with a minor. pic.twitter.com/TDU798ze9K
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Phoenix Police Sgt. Andy Williams said the arrest stems from crimes reportedly committed in 2019, including attempted sexual contact with a minor, child molestation and sexual contact with a minor. Police say they have an audiotape of the senator admitting to the alleged abuse and apologizing for it.
A Maricopa County judge set Navarrette’s bail at $50,000. His attorney, Roland Rillos, said the Democratic lawmaker doesn’t have anything to say at the present time. However, he also cautioned the public to remember due process — in America, accused persons are always presumed innocent until proven otherwise in a court of law.
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are now calling for Navarrette to resign. He was originally elected in 2018.
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