AZ Democrat Senator Resigns After Being Accused Of Child Molestation, Sen. Wendy Rogers Reacts

[Image: Former Arizona Democrat State Senator Tony Navarrete-- AZ Central. AZ State Senator Wendy Rogers (R)-- KGUN9 Video screenshot. The Freedom Times compilation].

Arizona Democrat State Senator Tony Navarrete has resigned after he was arrested over accusations of repeatedly molesting two teenage boys.

Navarrete, who was considered a rising star within the Arizona Democrat party and founded his party’s LGBTQ Caucus, resigned from his position within the Arizona legislature on Tuesday afternoon in an email to Senate President Karen Fann, National File reported.

AZ Family reported:

According to court documents released late Friday afternoon, on Aug. 4, a 16-year-old boy told detectives during the first incident, Navarrete put his hand down the victim’s pants and touched him inappropriately and that Navarrete would go on to do this several times. The victim said this happened to him more than five times. Navarrete also reportedly touched the victim’s 13-year-old brother’s upper leg, who had to hit his hand away, documents state.

The victim told investigators he suffers from anxiety and anger issues stemming from the abuse. On Aug. 5, during an audio and video recording between the victim and Navarrete, the teen asked Navarrete if he regretted touching him.

Navarrete responded saying “of course I regret any bad actions that I did, absolutely wishing everything could be different.” The victim asked Navarrete why he touched him, to which Navarrete responded saying “he wasn’t well” and that “nothing the (victim) did was his fault.” Navarrete went on to say he was not happy for his actions and that he will have to live with them for the rest of his life. Continued Below

Senate President Karen Fann (R) and Democrat Senate Leader Rebecca Rios announced his resignation in a joint statement, saying that it was the “right thing to do” giving the serious nature of the allegations.

“We know that the Arizona Judicial Branch will deliver justice and pray for healing and support for all victims,” the statement read.

In 2016, Navarrete was first elected to the state House of Representatives and represented District 30. Two years later, voters elected him to the state Senate for District 30. He was re-elected in 2020, as reported by AZ Family. Continued Below

Joint statement from Senate President Karen Fann and Democratic Leader Rebecca Rios:

Many Arizona politicians had called on Navarrete to resign from both sides of the isle. State Senator Wendy Rogers (R), retired Lt. Col. USAF pilot, said he must resign “ASAP,” and children must be protected “from evil like this”.

Sen. Rogers also reacted on Tuesday after Navarette resigned from the Senate.

I am glad that former senator Navarette has resigned from the prestigious Arizona Senate. We do not tolerate that kind of despicable behavior & I pray for those who were affected by why he did. We must have basic moral & legal standards & hold people accountable. #ProtectOurKids” she wrote.

Senator Rogers added:

Senate Ethics Chair Sen. Sine Kerr also released the following statement:

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