Stacia Glenn, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/25/2010 05:35:27 PM PST

BARSTOW – The District Attorney’s Office is deciding whether to charge Mayor Joe Gomez with sexually battering a police officer’s wife after a Christmas party.

The victim, who has not been identified, reported the alleged assault Dec. 18 to the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department because the crime took place in an unincorporated area of Barstow.

Details of the assault have not been released, and Gomez has not been arrested.

He did not respond to calls or an e-mail looking for comment Monday.

City Manager Richard Rowe said he is aware of the investigation but can’t divulge information.

“As it relates to the details, I am not at liberty to discuss what little I may know. Obviously it’s a troubling time,” he said, adding that the accusation will likely have political and practical impacts on the city.

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