Antonio Navarro (Courtesy SFPD)

Potrero Hill man allegedly used 10-year-old girl for sex acts, pleads not guilty

A 27-year-old San Francisco man is facing felony charges for allegedly using a young girl for sex acts and having sexually explicit images of her, authorities said.

Antonio Navarro, a Potrero Hill resident, pleaded not guilty in San Francisco Superior Court to four felonies and two misdemeanors Monday, prosecutors said.

Navarro was arrested Nov. 9 in front of his home on the first block of Watchman Way, one month after a mother discovered her young daughter had been having sexually explicit conversations on a cellphone and over the Internet, police said.

The girl, who is 10, according to court records, had been coerced into taking sexually graphic pictures of herself and sending them to a man, allegedly Navarro. He would then allegedly respond with sexually graphic images of himself, police said.

The mother found out in early October and went to Bayview Police Station, police said. Officers later worked with the department’s Internet crimes unit and the Department of Homeland Security Investigation to identify and arrest Navarro.

Navarro allegedly had explicit images of the girl on him when he was arrested.

Navarro is facing four felony charges of using a minor for sex acts, possession or control of child pornography, sending harmful matter to a minor and meeting a minor for lewd purposes, the District Attorney’s Office said. He’s also been charged with misdemeanors arranging a meeting with a minor for lewd purposes and child molestation.

Navarro was booked into County Jail on earlier this month on $275,000 bail. He’s expected to appear again in court for a discovery status hearing Dec. 10.

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