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Assemblyman Mathis being investigated by Sacramento police for alleged sexual assault

Republican Assemblyman Devon Mathis of Visalia is under investigation by Sacramento police for alleged sexual assault.

Officer Linda Matthew of the Sacramento Police Department said Friday evening that “information of a possible sexual assault was brought to our attention. We are starting to follow up with the information we have.

“Unfortunately, because of the nature of the circumstances (allegations of possible sexual assault), we would not be able to comment on any details,” Matthew said in an email to The Bee.

In a story based on anonymous sources that was posted Thursday, the online publication American Children First reported that Mathis “digitally penetrated” a drunken staff member passed out on a bed after he and other staffers went out drinking and had returned to the home of a staff member.

The publication said it sent a letter to the Sacramento District Attorney’s Office requesting a criminal investigation, but did not release a copy of the letter.

Mathis’ office released this statement Friday: “We have a policy of not responding to unsubstantiated, random social media posts.”

In July, American Children First revealed that then-GOP Assembly Leader Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley had an affair with Assemblywoman Kristen Olsen of Riverbank. Mayes was forced to step down in August.

“We are a different kind of organization – one that does not wilt and hide from the bullies on the radical left who seek to intimidate through the use of violence, harassment, and political correctness,” the website states on its home page. “Nor are we shackled by any sort of allegiance to the Republican Party on the right.”

​The publication is operated by conservative activist Joseph Turner, who has opposed Republican legislators who voted for “cap and trade” legislation. Mathis voted for it in July.

Mathis was first elected in 2014 and has been re-elected twice from the 26th Assembly District, both times defeating Rudy Mendoza, a Woodlake councilman and a staff member for Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Tulare.

Visalia City Councilman Warren Gubler announced in September he would run against Mathis next year.

Lewis Griswold: 559-441-6104, @fb_LewGriswold

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