Not-guilty plea entered in stalking, child porn case
The defense attorney representing a Yuma man who allegedly stalked female students and had child pornography on his computer entered a not guilty plea on behalf of her client Tuesday during his arraignment in Yuma County Superior Court.
After receiving a copy of the indictment filed against her client, attorney Marlo Arnold entered the plea for Adrian Rafael Navarro for 12 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.
Navarro, 30, was not required to be present at Tuesday's hearing because his attorney had his right to appear waived during a previous court hearing.
In addition to accepting the not guilty plea, Superior Court Judge John Nelson set Navarro's next court dates: a condition of release hearing at 8:30 a.m. June 7 and a comprehensive management conference at 8:30 a.m. July 19.
San Luis Police Department began searching for Navarro in early May after receiving several complaints about a man who approached female students, asked their names and tried to start a conversation with them. The man also allegedly offered them rides to school and followed some of them in his vehicle.
None of the students reported any physical contact or attempted kidnappings.
Navarro was taken into custody at about 10:15 p.m. May 10 by SLPD officers at his Yuma home in the 5600 block of East View Parkway. Police also obtained a search warrant and recovered several unspecified items they believe are linked to the case.
According to court records, the sexual exploitation charges stem from images found on a laptop computer obtained from Navarro's home during the home search.
San Luis police were assisted during the arrest by officers with the Yuma Police Department.
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