‘Rising star’ Democrat is arrested over claims of sexual conduct with a child in 2019


‘Rising star’ Democrat Arizona State Senator is arrested over claims of sexual conduct with a child in 2019 days after announcing he tested positive for COVID despite being vaccinated

  • Arizona State Senator Tony Navarrete, 35, arrested on charges of sexual conduct with a minor related to 2019 incident 
  • Navarrete’s arrest came just days after he announced his COVID-19 diagnosis, saying he caught the virus despite being fully vaccinated 
  • Navarrete has represented Phoenix in State Senate since 2018 after previously serving in the state House for one term   


Arizona State Senator Tony Navarrete, 35, has been arrested on charges of sexual conduct with a minor related to a 2019 incident

A Democratic politician from Arizona has been arrested on suspicion of having sexual conduct with a boy, just days after he revealed his COVID-19 diagnosis. 

State Senator Otoniel ‘Tony’ Navarrete, 35, from Phoenix, was taken into custody on Thursday in connection with an unspecified incident involving a minor, described only as a juvenile male, that took place in 2019.

Police said Navarrete was charged with multiple counts of sexual conduct with a minor, among other offenses.

The Phoenix Police Department so far has not revealed any details concerning the allegations against Navarrete. DailyMail.com reached out to the agency seeking further comment and was awaiting a reply.

Police have not released any details concerning the allegations against the Democrat

Police have not released any details concerning the allegations against the Democrat 

Navarrete has represented Phoenix in the State Senate since 2018 after previously serving in the state House for one term

Navarrete has represented Phoenix in the State Senate since 2018 after previously serving in the state House for one term

As of Friday morning, Navarrete has not yet been listed among the inmates at Maricopa County Jail.  

Arizona Senate Democrats acknowledged that one of their members has been arrested reported AZfamily.com.

‘We are aware one of our members has been arrested and are awaiting further details and for law enforcement to do its job,’ the Democrats said in a statement. ‘We will not have further comment at this time.’

Navarrete’s arrest comes just days after the rising-star Democrat revealed that he tested positive for COVID-19 last week, despite being fully vaccinated since February. The state senator said he was isolating at home and his systems were mild. 

‘COVID-19 cases are ever increasing in Arizona and across the country and we must be vigilant,’ he said in a statement on Tuesday. ‘Luckily with the vaccine, my diagnosis is not a death sentence, but an uncomfortable inconvenience. I know people are tired and frustrated but it’s time to go back to masking. The best defense is getting vaccinated and masked in public and crowded spaces.’ 

Navarrete's arrest came just days after he announced his COVID-19 diagnosis, saying that he caught the virus despite being fully vaccinated

Navarrete’s arrest came just days after he announced his COVID-19 diagnosis, saying that he caught the virus despite being fully vaccinated

A native Arizonan, Navarrete was elected to the state House of Representatives in 2016 and served one term before being elected to the state Senate in 2018. He also serves as deputy director of Promise Arizona, a non-profit organization.

Arizona Capitol Times reported that Navarrete had been considered a rising star in the Democratic Party and was expected to run for state treasurer.

Little is known about Navarrete’s personal life beyond the fact that he is openly gay. In 2020, he opposed a bill that sought to ban sex education in elementary and middle schools, saying that he might have been able to come out sooner had his teachers been able to answer his questions about homosexuality, according to the Times. 

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