A Dem lawmaker from Arizona has resigned in total disgrace after he was arrested and booked Thursday on multiple counts of sexual conduct with a minor and other charges. State Sen. Otoniel “Tony” Navarrete resigned and will likely spend a considerable amount of time in prison for his crimes as the cops seem to have him dead to rights.
Republican Senate President Karen Fann and Democratic Leader Rebecca Rios issued a joint statement that said:
“Moments ago, Senator Tony Navarrete tendered his resignation, effectively immediately. This was the right thing to do considering the serious allegations. We know that the Arizona Judicial Branch will deliver justice and pray for healing and support for all victims.”
Navarrete said he “adamantly” denies “all allegations that have been made and will pursue all avenues in an effort to prove my innocence. In doing so, I will be focusing the vast majority of my time and energy on my defense.
“While I would love nothing more than to continue to serve the families of Arizona’s 30th District, I worry it will be impossible to give my constituents the full attention they deserve. Therefore, I must resign my post as Arizona State Senator today.”
From AZ Central:
Calls for Navarrete to step down spanned the political landscape, from the Arizona Democratic Party to all of Navarrete’s Democratic colleagues in the Legislature to Republican Gov. Doug Ducey.
On Monday, state Sen. Kelly Townsend, R-Mesa, filed an ethics complaint, given Navarrete had not yet stepped aside. His resignation halts that process.
His employer, the faith-based Neighborhood Ministries, put Navarrete on leave and said he will be terminated when the leave expires. It is unclear when that will happen.
Navarrete was arrested last week on seven felony charges: five involving sexual conduct with a minor, one for attempted sexual conduct with a minor and a seventh charge of child molestation.
The arrest came after a 16-year-old boy went to Phoenix police with allegations of abuse dating from 2019. The probable cause statement also alleged that Navarrete attempted sexual conduct with a 13-year-old boy.
Democratic Arizona state Sen. Otoniel "Tony" Navarrete has resigned in the face of multiple felony charges in connection with allegedly sexually abusing a child https://t.co/NrRLqbvRSe— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) August 11, 2021
Otoniel "Tony" Navarrete was arrested five days ago on seven felony charges related to child sex abuse. https://t.co/wRHJ87UZLt— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) August 11, 2021
Arizona Democrats are calling on state Senator Otoniel "Tony" Navarrete, also a Democrat, to resign after court records revealed shocking new allegations that he sexually abused a boy for years. https://t.co/cYDG3641oP— Phoenix New Times (@phoenixnewtimes) August 7, 2021