Arizona State Senator Tony Navarrete is within the means of being “booked into jail” by Phoenix police following experiences of a number of situations of sexual abuse involving a minor, native media have mentioned, citing authorities.
The 35-year-old Democratic senator was arrested on Thursday. Police took him into custody after receiving a report of sexual conduct with a minor that occurred in 2019, Arizona’s Household information outlet reported. Navarrete is reportedly suspected of a number of counts of misconduct, and different expenses are additionally believed to have been introduced in opposition to him.
“The suspect was arrested and is presently within the means of being booked into jail for a number of counts of sexual conduct with a minor, amongst different expenses,” mentioned a regulation enforcement report revealed by a journalist from ABC 15 Arizona.
Simply earlier than that got here out although, I used to be backwards and forwards with @PhoenixPD attempting to get extra data on this arrest.
Right here’s their media advisory despatched at 9:38PM ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/JRiTufPA4k
— Nicole Valdes (@NicoleValdesTV) August 6, 2021
The police assertion, which doesn’t point out the suspect’s title, says an grownup male has been arrested after interviews with a juvenile male sufferer and witnesses.
One other native Senate reporter mentioned she had obtained affirmation from police that it’s Navarrete who has been “arrested on suspicion of molestation.”
UPDATE: Phoenix PD comms director instructed me state Sen. Tony Navarrete, D-Phoenix, was arrested on suspicion of molestation.
We'll have extra particulars as soon as he's totally booked and charged.https://t.co/PbytoxO2T0
— Julia Shumway (@JMShumway) August 6, 2021
An arrest of a Senate member was additionally confirmed by Navarrete’s colleagues, however additional feedback weren’t offered. “We’re conscious one in every of our members has been arrested and are awaiting additional particulars and for regulation enforcement to do its job,” an announcement from Senate Democrats mentioned, as quoted by native media.
The Senator – mentioned to be overtly homosexual – served one time period within the state Home of Representatives following a 2016 election earlier than being elected to the Arizona Senate in 2018. He already made native headlines this week, when it was reported that, regardless of being vaccinated in opposition to Covid-19, he examined optimistic for the virus. Having confirmed that information, the politician mentioned it was “not a dying sentence” however relatively an “uncomfortable inconvenience.”
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