The alleged incident took place Oct. 19 at the Modern Maturity Center
Dover police are not planning any charges in a case of alleged offensive touching between a Dover city councilman and a statewide political candidate.
The case involves Fourth District Councilman Roy Sudler and La Mar Gunn, Republican candidate for lieutenant governor.
Dover Police Department spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman, referencing reports filed by patrol officers, said police were called to the Modern Maturity Center on Forrest Avenue at about 7:59 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19.
A 7 p.m. candidates forum, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Delaware was underway inside the building at the time, although neither man was part of the event. Officers took statements from both Sudler and Gunn, Hoffman said.
Sudler told police he was approached by Gunn, and that an argument started involving differing viewpoints on the upcoming election.
Gunn, according to the reports, felt Sudler was intoxicated and started to walk away, but that Sudler continued the argument in a loud voice. To avoid making a scene, Gunn told police he went back and suggested the two of them leave the building to continue the conversation.
Gunn told police he felt threatened by Sudler as they went outside.
According to the reports, “Gunn stated based on how he was approaching him and the suspicion Roy Sudler may have been intoxicated, he felt he had to push him away to avoid Roy Sudler making contact with him,” Hoffman said.
It was Sudler who called 911 to report the incident, Hoffman said.
Officers investigated the incident as a possible case of offensive touching, interviewing both men and witnesses on the scene.
“They corroborated the story for the most part,” Hoffman said. “There wasn’t too many differences from what [Sudler and Gunn] had told police.”
Surveillance video, obtained by police the following day, did not bolster the case, he said.
“There’s nothing to show exactly what happened leading up to the incident or the incident itself,” he said.
As a result, police consider the report as unfounded, he said, and no charges are planned unless new evidence, such as cell phone video, is uncovered, Hoffman said.
“We’ve reviewed all the evidence we can get, but it’s just not enough to move forward at this point,” he said.
Neither Sudler’s position in city government nor Gunn’s candidacy had any bearing on the case, Hoffman said.
“It would be the same with any other case at this point,” he said.