NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) – A veteran New Bedford police officer was sentenced to 10 years in prison Friday morning for indecent assault and battery of a 10-year-old girl.
Officer Jean Gomes was convicted last month on one count of indecent assault and battery, which prosecutors said he committed between January of 2011 and July of 2014. The jury acquitted him of two other counts which were alleged to have occurred during that same period of time.
Gomes retired from the department shortly after his 2015 indictment.
He was sentenced to the 10-year mandatory minimum because as a police officer, he was a ‘mandated reporter,’ someone who is legally bound to report incidents of sexual assault.
“The defendant took advantage of his position of trust as a police officer and with the family and committed a serious crime against a young girl,” Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn said outside court.
Gomes’ attorney is appealing the conviction.