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Mesa man accused of having sex with cat indicted in child sex case

Michael Navage (Arizona Attorney General's Office Photo)

PHOENIX — A Mesa man accused of having sex with a cat was indicted in a separate child sexual exploitation case, it was announced Tuesday.

Michael Navage, 40, was indicted with one count each of aggravated luring of a minor for sexual exploitation, attempted sexual conduct with a minor and possession of dangerous drugs, according to an Arizona Attorney General’s Office press release.

The charges stemmed from a Mesa Police Department undercover operation that identified people trying to meet up with minors they met online for sexual activity.

According to the indictment, Navage allegedly sent an explicit photo to someone that he believed to be under the age of 15.

He was arrested May 31 and held without bail.

Navage was on pretrial felony release for the bestiality and animal cruelty charges he was facing from a March incident when the second arrest occurred.

The previous arrest came after police responded to a call at an apartment near University and Val Vista drives.

According to court documents, the caller said Navage had taken the cat into the bathroom and the cat was screaming and sounded hurt.

An officer found Navage in the bathroom nude, with the cat partially wrapped in a towel.

Navage denied having sex with the cat and said he’d only been drying it off. However, the officer found probable cause for arrest based on witness statements and a veterinarian’s examination of the animal.

He also said he was homeless and traded the drugs for permission to stay at the apartment and use the shower.

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