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Boyfriend of Alicia Navarro, teen found 4 years after vanishing, charged with child sexual abuse

Boyfriend of Alicia Navarro, teen found 4 years after vanishing, charged with child sexual abuse

The man who authorities describe as the boyfriend of Alicia Navarro — the teenage girl who walked into a Montana police station four years after she vanished in Arizona — was arrested on charges of child sexual abuse after explicit images were found on his cellphone, officials said Tuesday.

The photos were found on a phone allegedly belonging to Edmund Davis, 36, while investigators searched his Havre, Montana, apartment in July for evidence in the Navarro case, the Montana attorney general’s office said. Navarro was 14 when she disappeared from her mother’s home in Glendale, Arizona, on Sept. 15, 2019.

In July, Navarro, then 18, went to a police station in Havre and identified herself as the missing girl. The charges against Davis are not related to Navarro, a spokesperson for the attorney general’s office said.

Alicia Navarro in a photo released after she was found safe.Glendale, Ariz., Police Department

The phone contained images of a “child or children 12 years of age or younger engaged in sexual conduct actual or simulated,” according to charging documents in the case. The documents list another victim who was under age 16.

He was charged with two felony counts of sexual abuse of children. 

Investigators said they found over 80 images on Davis’ phone, according to court documents filed Oct. 16 seeking his arrest.

He was taken into custody Monday in Chinook, Montana, by the Montana Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation and the Blaine County Sheriff’s Department. He remains jailed at the Hill County Detention Center on a $1 million bond.

Attorney information was not available.

Authorities said that nine of the images received “maturity” ratings from Phoenix Children’s Hospital and that it was determined that seven of the pictures were rated as being of children under age 13 and that two contained children under age 5, the documents say.

The documents describe graphic images investigators said they found on Davis’ cellphone, as well as a laptop. The victims are described as being “prepubescent” females and “an apparent young boy,” according to the documents.

An agent also noted “the presence of other images of infants and toddlers,” the documents say.

The attorney general’s office said Davis, whom the court documents describe as being Navarro’s boyfriend, tried to discard his cellphone during the search at his home.

Authorities said that when officers arrived at the apartment Navarro and Davis together on July 26, Navarro initially said no one was home, but that police saw Davis in the kitchen “throwing a cellphone into the trash and placing items on top of said phone.”

Authorities have not said how Navarro ended up in Montana or how long she had been there. Jose Santiago, a spokesman for Glendale police, previously said that when Navarro went to the Montana police station she “basically asked for help to clear her off of a missing juvenile list.” In video released by authorities, she was heard telling detectives that no one had hurt her.

After Navarro was found, her mother, Jessica Nuñez, released a video saying it was a “miracle” that her daughter had been found safe.

Minyvonne Burke

Minyvonne Burke is a senior breaking news reporter for NBC News.

Phil Helsel

Phil Helsel is a reporter for NBC News.

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