Following Abuse Allegations and Arrest, State Senator Resigns

Following Abuse Allegations and Arrest, State Senator Resigns

( – On August 10, Arizona State Senator Tony Navarrete (D) submitted his formal resignation after his arrest for the alleged sexual abuse of a minor, along with six other related felony charges. Despite his decision to step down, Navarrete maintains his innocence.

In a statement released on August 10, he expressed his desire to continue serving Arizona’s 30th District, but said he didn’t want to rob the community of his full attention. Instead, he vowed to use the time awaiting trial to “pursue all avenues” to prove he’s not guilty.

The accused has yet to enter a plea, but is free on bail and under electronic monitoring while mounting his defense.

A committee made up of Arizona citizens will select three nominees to take Navarrete’s state legislative seat. According to the appropriate laws, the nominees must be residents of the district, registered Democrats, and serve the remainder of the state senator’s term.

A piece of the evidence against the ousted leader involves a telling police-recorded conversation between an alleged teenage victim and Navarrete. The elected official seemed to reveal regret during the call, but he also denies responsibility for any crime.

Arizona Senate President Karen Fann (R) and Minority Senate Leader Rebecca Rios (D) issued a bipartisan statement expressing their faith in the Arizona judicial system and praying for healing, support, and justice for all victims.

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