A former La Paz County Sheriff’s Deputy has admitted to attempted sexual abuse at a party last summer.
John Gomez was with a female deputy in the kitchen area of a residence on Reata Avenue in Parker on August 19th, 2018 when he allegedly made advances on her and inappropriately touched her.
The victim told investigators with the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office that Gomez put his hand into her pants and underwear and put his hand on her genitals. She said that she struck Gomez with an open hand on the throat to get him away from her, but he continued to make advances, including putting his hand into her shirt and bra, manipulating and pinching her breasts. She again pushed him away and left the house.
In the days after the incident, the victim made a recorded phone call to Gomez in which she confronted him about the incident. In the recording, he reportedly admitted that he remembered groping her breasts but did not remember putting his hand into her pants. He told her that he was drunk and must have blacked out, and said that he believed her and did not doubt what she said.
Gomez was then interviewed in Parker by an investigator with the Yuma County Sheriff’s Department and again admitted to fondling her, saying that he had been drinking all day and was “very drunk”, but that he did not remember putting his hand into her pants. He was placed under arrest and charged with sexual abuse and sexual assault.
In La Paz County Superior Court last Monday, Gomez accepted a plea agreement from the La Paz County Attorney’s Office, pleading guilty to attempted sexual abuse, which is a class six felony. The court deferred acceptance of the plea agreement until sentencing.
Gomez no longer works for the La Paz County Sheriff’s Department. He will be sentenced in July.