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Former lawmaker Navarrete indicted on 7 counts related to child sex crimes

Aug 19, 2021, 2:28 PM
FILE - In this Wednesday, May 10, 2017 file photo, then-Arizona state Rep. Tony Navarrete, D-Phoeni...

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 10, 2017 file photo, then-Arizona state Rep. Tony Navarrete, D-Phoenix, listens to a colleague on the floor of the at the Arizona Capitol Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

PHOENIX — Former Arizona state Sen. Tony Navarrete was indicted Thursday on seven counts related to allegations of child sex crimes that were said to have occurred in 2019.

Navarrete was indicted on three counts of sexual conduct with a minor (class 2 felony), two counts of sexual conduct with a minor (class 6 felony), one count of attempted sexual conduct with a minor and one count of molestation of a child.

An arraignment hearing for Navarrete is set for Friday in Maricopa County Superior Court.

Navarrete, 35, was arrested Aug. 5 after the Phoenix Police Department said it had probable cause to take Navarrete, 35, into custody after interviewing the juvenile victim and witnesses.

The alleged crimes occurred in 2019 with a child who said he was 12 or 13 at the time, according to a probable cause statement.

He did not enter a plea during an initial court appearance on Aug. 6 where a prosecutor said he faced a mandatory minimum sentence of 49 years in prison if convicted of all charges.

Navarrete was released Aug. 7 after posting bond, which had been set at $50,000.

He resigned from his position as a senator in District 30, which encompasses parts of Phoenix and Glendale, on Aug. 10.

Before that, he served one term in the House.

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Former lawmaker Navarrete indicted on 7 counts related to child sex crimes