A Democrat state senator in Arizona was arrested and charged with multiple counts of sex with a minor. The crimes occurred in 2019 but the victim just came forward and gave her story to the police.

35-year-old Tony Navarette, a “rising star” in the Arizona Democrat party found himself behind bars after his arrest for sex crimes with an underage boy. The felony he has been charged with is described as “knowingly engaging in intercourse or oral sex with a minor.”

Arizona Capitol Times reported:

Sen. Otoniel “Tony” Navarrete was arrested Thursday evening and booked into jail. Police received a report that Navarrete had engaged in sexual conduct with a minor, a felony described as knowingly engaging in intercourse or oral sex with a minor.

It’s a class 6 felony, punishable by one year in prison if that minor is at least 15, and a class 2 felony, with a presumptive prison sentence of five years, if the child is younger than 15 or if the person charged was in a position of trust, such as a teacher or parent.

Phoenix police said the alleged crime occurred in 2019, and they received a report on Aug. 4. After interviewing a young victim and witnesses, they arrested Navarrete near his home on Thursday.

Navarrete, 35, has served in the state Senate since 2019, and served one term representing Legislative District 30 in the House before his election to the Senate.

Navarrete stands accused of sexually molesting a 12 or 13-year-old boy and his younger brother for a period of years.

He was busted after police receive a taped phone conversation in which Navarrete apologized to the older boy. That provided police with all they needed to arrest him and to charge him with seven felony charges.

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The victim is currently sixteen and he said the attacks started when he was 12 or 13, Navarrete would rub his penis through his clothes.

Later he would lie down with the boy and fondle him under his clothes and sometimes perform oral sex on the boy.

The victim said that once Navarrete said that what he was doing was wrong and that he should stop, but he continued to molest the boy.

Daniel

Daniel is a conservative syndicated opinion writer and amateur theologian. He writes about topics of politics, culture, freedom, and faith.

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