Arizona senator accused of pedophilia sponsored kindergarten sex ed bill

An Arizona state senator facing multiple child molestation charges was one of many sponsors of a Democrat-led bill calling for sex ed classes for students from age from kindergarten.

Although the bill, SB1340, died in committee last January, Senator Otoniel “Tony” Navarette was a key sponsor of the legislation that would have required all schools in Arizona to teach sex education. from kindergarten.

Other sponsors of the bill were Arizona Sens. Lela Alston, Kirsten Engel, Rosanna Gabaldon, Sally Gonzales, Juan Mendez, Jamescita Peshlakai, Athena Salmon and Raquel Teran.

According to the bill, then dubbed the “Student Safety and Health Act,” the bill was intended to provide “medically accurate, age-appropriate sex education for students in kindergarten and preschool programs.” first through twelfth grade.

Other key provisions aimed to help students “gain knowledge” about various aspects of adolescent development, “including how pregnancy occurs,” to help students develop decision-making skills. regarding sexuality and relationships, and to discuss groups, such as LGBTQ, that “have historically been more vulnerable to sexual abuse and assault,” as well as issues involving “affirmative consent.”

Navarette, 35, described by his peers as a “rising star” in the Arizona Democratic Party, was arrested last week on seven counts involving alleged sexual misconduct with two young boys.

Arizona Senator Tony Navarette is seen in an undated file photo. (Arizona Legislature)

Both alleged victims were under the age of 14 at the time of the alleged sexual assaults.

A judge set Navarette’s bond at $50,000.

“These are very disturbing charges,” Arizona Superintendent of Investigation Kathy Hoffman, a Democrat, said in a tweet, “and while everyone is innocent until proven guilty, Senator Navarette must step down.We must hold our elected leaders to the highest standards.

Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat, said the same.

“These are incredibly disturbing allegations. Senator Navarrete should resign immediately,” Hobbs tweeted.

The Arizona House Democratic Caucus released a statement on Friday saying they were “deeply alarmed by the arrest of Senator Tony Navarette, and these are obviously very serious and disturbing allegations.”

“We will always stand firmly with victims of sexual abuse and have zero tolerance for any harm done to children. Until more is known, it is important at this stage to let law enforcement do their job and conduct a thorough and comprehensive investigation ensuring due process for all involved,” adds the communicated.

A probable cause affidavit filed in Maricopa County Superior Court details sexual misconduct that allegedly took place at a Phoenix residence from 2019.

One of the victims recalled waking up with Navarette allegedly touching his genitals and then performing oral sex with the youth.

The boy, now 16, said he currently suffers from anxiety and anger issues stemming from the alleged abuse.

The victim’s 13-year-old brother told authorities that Navarette allegedly touched his upper leg, but the boy pushed his hand away.

In a secretly recorded phone call, one of the victims asked Navarette if he regretted touching him.

“Otoniel responded by saying of course that I regret all the bad deeds I have done. I absolutely wish that everything was different,” the probable cause affidavit stated.

Navarette then told the victim that he “was not well. Otoniel told the victim that nothing he did was his fault. Otoniel said he had regrets,” the statement added.

Allan Stein

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Allan Stein is an Epoch Times reporter who covers the state of Arizona.