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Lawmaker, Senate lawyer witnesses in Navarrete case

A Democratic House member and Senate attorney are listed as state witnesses in the case against former Sen. Tony Navarrete, who is charged with multiple sex crimes against children. 

Navarrete’s trial is scheduled to begin January 13, 2022, and Rep Jennifer Longdon, D-Phoenix, and Lisette Flores, the Senate minority’s general counsel and senior policy adviser, are among 24 witnesses listed in court documents.  

The list also includes former progressive state House candidate Gilbert Romero, and Alejandro Larios who ran against Sen. Raquel Terán in the Legislative District 30 Democratic House primary in 2018. Terán filled Navarrete’s seat 

Flores declined to comment regarding the trial. 

It is unclear from court documents why Longdon is the only legislator from the House and Senate to appear on the witness list. She did not respond to a request for comment. 

Navarrete was arrested August 5 on seven felony charges involving sexual conduct with two minors. In a phone conversation with one of the children, investigators say they recorded Navarrete admitting to the molestation and apologizing, according to court documents. 

Legislators across the state and across party lines called for Navarrete’s resignation.  Romero issued a statement on August 8 saying that he had also been sexually harassed by Navarrete on multiple occasions. After denying the allegations against him, Navarrete resigned from the Senate on August 10. 

Navarrete pled not guilty in Maricopa County Superior Court to five felony counts of sexual conduct with a minor, one count of molestation and one count of attempted molestation on August 20. 

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