San Benito mayor’s wife not guilty; Questions surround year-old case

SAN BENITO — After nearly a year, Mayor Ben Gomez’s wife has been cleared of a domestic violence charge.

Earlier this week, a jury found Rosa Maria Gomez, 49, not guilty of one count of assault causing bodily injury-family violence, a Class A misdemeanor, after a trial before Cameron County Court at Law No. 5 Judge Estela Chavez Vasquez.

Before Tuesday’s trial, Rosa Maria Gomez pleaded not guilty Monday prior to the jury’s selection.

“We wanted a not-guilty verdict and that’s what we got,” the mayor said yesterday.

The case stemmed from an incident that occurred at about 4:54 p.m. July 15, 2018, at the family’s home on CSM Ruben Vela Street in San Benito.

“I don’t even remember what happened,” the mayor said yesterday. “It was a very minor thing.”

Police apparently arrested Rosa Maria Gomez.

However, a copy of a police report lists Rosa Maria Gomez as the “reporting person” while the mayor is listed as a “suspect.”

“I didn’t call police,” the mayor said yesterday. “I didn’t file any charge. I told them to drop the charges.”

After Rosa Maria Gomez’s arrest, police declined to confirm the incident leading to her charge had even occurred.

Yesterday, records clerk Ramiro Romero said he could not release the police report because the case remained open.

Since the incident occurred, city and police officials have refused several requests to release information surrounding the case.