It’s a bad day for the Democratic Party. Disgraced State Sen. Tony Navarrete, who was arrested for alleged sexual abuse involving two minors, has resigned, according to the Associated Press.
Republican Senate President Karen Fann said that Navarrete sent her an email on Aug. 10 saying that he is stepping down immediately.
State Senate President Karen Fann (R) and State Senate Democratic Leader Rebecca Rios released a joint statement that Navarrete’s resignation has been accepted. Governor Doug Ducey and Secretary of State Katie Hobbs have been informed of Navarrete’s resignation, and the process to find his replacement will begin.
“This was the right thing to do considering the serious allegations,” the joint statement said. “We know that the Arizona Judicial Branch will deliver justice and pray for healing and support for all victims.”
Navarrete was arrested on Thursday for allegedly sexually abusing two young teenagers over the course of several years.
“Navarrete, 35, was booked into jail on suspicion of charges that included three counts of sexual conduct with a minor, and one count of molestation of a child,” Fox 35 reported. “He made his initial court appearance on Friday via iPad due to him having COVID-19.”
According court filings, a 14-year-old boy who lived with Navarrete is one of the believed victims. One of the molestation incidents is alleged to have occurred in 2019.
“The police report says the victim, who is now 16 years old, alleges that Navarrete first molested him when he was 12 or 13 by touching the child’s penis while he was sleeping,” the Arizona Mirror reported. “In incidents that occurred over several years, he told police that Navarrete would lie down in bed next to the sleeping boy and touch his genitals under his clothes, sometimes performing oral sex on the boy.”
“He is also alleged to have attempted to have sexual contact with the victim’s younger brother, who is now 13 years old,” the Mirror added.
“The judge set a $50,000 secured bond for Navarrete,” Fox reported. “If released, he also has to have electronic monitoring, absolutely no contact with minors, and he must surrender his passport.”
Beleagured New York Governor Andrew Cuomo stunned state residents and the rest of the country on Tuesday by announcing his resignation at a press conference.
Cuomo said that his resignation would be effective in 14 days. Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, a Democrat, will become the first female governor of New York after she is sworn into office.
The governor apologized personally to a female state trooper, whom he allegedly touched inappropriately.
“I want to personally apologize to her and her family,” he said. Cuomo becomes the third Democratic New York governor in a row to leave the office in disgrace.
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