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Lathrop mayors husband arrested, in jail on child abuse charges
Thomas Xavier Sayles
LATHROP – Thomas Xavier Sayles, the husband of Lathrop mayor Kristy Sayles, is appearing in the Manteca Branch of the San Joaquin County Superior Court today on charges of felony child abuse.

The 56-year-old Sayles was arrested and taken into custody by Lathrop Police Sheriff’s deputies Tuesday evening. He was booked into San Joaquin County Jail at 7:50 p.m. Bail was set at $50,000.

He is accused of inflicting corporal injury to a child who, in this case, is his 8-year-old step-son and the mayor’s child from a previous marriage.

According to police reports, the young victim’s injuries reportedly inflicted by Thomas Sayles were a black eye on the left side of his face and a scratch near his right eye. During their investigation, the deputies learned that during an incident Monday between Thomas Sayles and his step-son, the youngster became argumentative and refused to follow directions from his step-father. The 8-year-old told the deputies that his step-father then hit him so hard across the face that it drew blood.

Mayor Sayles was at the Lathrop City Council meeting when the domestic incident reportedly occurred.

It further stated the filing was later “converted to a temporary restraining order with a duration of 6 weeks” and that the mayor later “went to court before the order expired and asked that it be made permanent;” however, the court only granted a 90-day extension.

The press release also informed members of the news media that the mayor would be available at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Lighthouse Community Church, 107 D’arcy Parkway in Lathrop where her family worships, to respond to questions about the arrest.
Also named in the press release besides Parsons and the mayor was Joelle Gomez of the Women’s Center of San Joaquin County.

Ironically, during the first part of the Monday’s Lathrop City Council meeting, Mayor Sayles read a proclamation recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month and presented the proclamation to Gomez of the Women’s Center.

Thomas Sayles files suit against City of Lathrop
Thomas Sayles also has filed a lawsuit against the City of Lathrop in February of this year in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, in connection with a physical shoving match that occurred on April 24, 2009 in the council chambers at City Hall between Sayles, Planning Commissioner Dan Mac Neilage and Ron Rhodes, the husband of former mayor Gloryanna Rhodes.

In his suit, Sayles is demanding a jury trial and is seeking damages for the following complaints: negligence, intentional and/or negligent violation of rights to free speech, assault, battery, intentional and/or negligent infliction of emotional stress, and violation of civil rights. The physical altercation occurred during the annual Mayor’s Art Purchase Award Show and Sale.

That filing resulted in a countersuit filed by Ron Rhodes. Both lawsuits are yet to be resolved.