PHOENIX (AP) – An Arizona state senator who stepped down after being arrested for child molestation earlier this month has been charged, Maricopa County prosecutors said Thursday.
The indictment charges Tony Navarrete six cases of sexual contact offenses that he is charged with with a boy. He is charged with alleged contact with a second boy.
Navarrete is a Democrat who represented parts of western Phoenix and Glendale. He resigned from the Senate on August 10th. He issued a statement that day in which he said: “I firmly deny all allegations and will pursue all avenues to prove my innocence.”
The first victim, a boy now 16, told Phoenix Police detectives that Navarrete molested him when he was 12 or 13 and continued to call the police-recorded boy until he was 15.
He was arrested on August 5 and released two days later on $ 50,000 bail. A prosecutor said on his first appearance in court that if convicted of all charges, he would face at least 49 years in prison.
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors will elect a replacement for the remainder of his Senate term.
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