(HorizonPost.com) – Democrat Tony Navarrete, a now-former state senator in Arizona, submitted his resignation from the legislative body after nearly a week of both parties clamoring for him to do so. He was arrested and charged with several counts related to his alleged sexual abuse of a teenage boy and attempted sexual assault of the boy’s younger brother.
Tony Navarrete has resigned his state Senate seat, effective immediately, five days after being arrested on seven felony charges related to child sex abuse.
— azcentral (@azcentral) August 10, 2021
According to court records, he faces one count of “attempt to commit – molestation of a child” in 2018, one count of “molestation of a child” in 2017, and five counts of “sexual conduct with [sic] minor” in 2018 and 2019. According to Fox 10 Phoenix, prosecutor Jeanine Sorrentino said if he’s convicted on all counts, he faces at least 49 years in prison.
Navarrete was the Democratic Party’s LGBTQ Caucus founder and sponsored the “Kindergarten Sex Ed bill” in Arizona, which provides parental input on sex education and prohibits those classes for students in grades K-4. After the news broke of his resignation, Republican candidate for governor Kari Lake tweeted, “as governor [sic] I will stop the far left from sexualizing our children!”
Senator Tony Navarette, who sponsored the Kindergarten Sex Ed bill in Arizona and is now being accused of child sex crimes—has resigned. As governor I will stop the far left from sexualizing our children!
— Kari Lake for AZ Governor (@KariLake) August 10, 2021
The former lawmaker vowed to fight the charges and vehemently denied all the claims that have been made against him. Senate leaders issued a bipartisan statement indicating their faith in the Arizona judicial system to render justice and asking for prayers for support and healing for the victims.
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