Arizona Senator Charged With Child Molestation Steps Down

An Arizona senator charged with molesting a child resigned on Tuesday. State Sen. Otoniel “Tony” Navarrete, a Democrat, tendered his resignation, effective immediately, Arizona Senate President Karen Fann, a Republican, and Democratic Leader Rebecca Rios said. “This was the right thing to do considering the serious allegations,” Fann and Rios said in a joint statement. The senators said they were notifying Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and Secretary of State Katie Hobbs and would look to find a replacement for Navarrete. The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors will select three candidates from the Democrat party who live in the district Navarrete, and Senate leaders will choose from among them, according to local media. Because of the resignation, Arizona Senate Ethics Chair Sine Kerr said that an ethics complaint against Navarette was dismissed as moot. Navarrete, 35, was arrested last week and booked on four counts, including molestation of a child and sexual conduct with …

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