A Democratic state senator charged with multiple counts of sexual conduct with a minor will make his first court appearance Friday at 2 p.m.
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.
He had been considered a rising star and was widely expected to announce a campaign for state treasurer. He also shared this week that he tested positive for Covid in a rare breakthrough case.
Editor’s note: This story has been revised to include information on specific charges Navarrete faces.