Otoniel “Tony” Navarrete Faces 49 Years in Prison

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Arizona State Sen. Otoniel “Tony” Navarrete, 35, was arrested last Thursday night and faces seven felony charges related to alleged sexual conduct with two teenage boys. If convicted, he could be sentenced to a minimum of 49 years in prison. 

Navarrete, a Democrat, is one of a handful of openly LGBTQ Arizona legislators and serves as a member of the LGBTQ Caucus. Members of the caucus, like Rep. Daniel Hernandez, have called on Navarrete to resign, as well as Navarrete’s 48 Democratic colleagues in both the House and Senate. 

Republicans also joined in the chorus asking Navarrete to step down. Gov. Doug Ducey said in a tweet that the allegations made against Navarrete “are abhorrent.” 

Phoenix police closed in on Navarrete after receiving a complaint on Aug. 4 about allegations of incidents involving sexual misconduct starting in 2019. According to a probable cause statement, police interviewed the alleged victims and then had one of them call Navarrete. While on the phone with the 16-year-old accuser, Navarrete allegedly admitted to touching the boy’s penis and performing oral sex on him. The child previously lived with Navarrete and the abuse allegedly began when the boy was 13.

Navarrete expressed regret and said he was not well when the abuse allegedly occurred.

“Of course, I regret any bad actions that I did, absolutely wishing everything could be different. I’m sorry, mijo,” Navarrete was quoted saying in the phone call. It appears he was not aware that police were listening in.

The boy says he now suffers anxiety and depression as a result of the alleged abuse.

With the second boy, Navarrete reportedly put his hand under the child’s shorts and tried to touch his thigh, but the minor allegedly rejected the lawmaker’s advances. 

Officers arrested Navarrete at his home without incident. A judge set a $50,000 bond and placed numerous restrictions on Navarrete if he bonds himself out of prison before his trial. A  preliminary hearing on the case is scheduled for August 16. Navarrete has not yet entered a plea on the charges.

According to The Arizona Republic, Navarrete’s attorney, Roland Rillos, said, “We have no public comment at this time but want to emphasize the importance of the presumption of innocence in this case.”

Navarrete was elected to Arizona’s House of Representatives in 2016, and elected to the state Senate two years later. He was re-elected in 2020. The politician represents District 30 in the northwest Phoenix suburbs.


 

4 thoughts on “Otoniel “Tony” Navarrete Faces 49 Years in Prison”

  1. Notwithstanding that the vast majority of child abuse cases are to be found in conservative politicians and clerics, the fact remains that a case like this will be picked up and milked dry by the very same politicians. It is pleasing to read that the Democrat caucus have without exception called upon this senator to resign. Whatever the outcome, this case can only do harm to the LGBT+ campaign for equality. As has already been stated in these comments, given his admissions already, he is an embarrassment to the LGBT+ community.

    16yo is the legal age of consent in some US states, and in Canada, most of Europe, the UK, New Zealand and most of Australia. Each U.S. state has set its age of consent at either age 16, 17, or 18. The important word however, is ‘consent’, and it appears the complainant did not consent.

    Moreover, in this case, the abuse allegedly began when the minor was legally a child aged 13yo, and was living under the care of the accused. Bizarrely, it is apparently possible for someone to remain a senator whilst serving time in prison, but clearly, he has no choice but to resign.

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  2. This is all the LGBT community needs right now, one of our own in government to be pulling the same despicable shit that many republicans have been caught doing over the years. I am sure that all the narrow minded bible thumping screwballs will be buzzing over this horrible news. This gay politician is a horrible embarrassment to the LGBT community and I hope they throw the book at him in court. What was he thinking back than?

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  3. Zero fucks to him! Saying you were not well at the time is a worthless excuse. What he did to that young boy is inexcusable! I hope they put you in general population and let the guards have the night off so the prisoners can do to you what deserve! You ruined that kids life and you deserve the worst!🖕🖕🖕🖕🖕🖕

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