ROMULUS (WWJ/AP) - Suspended Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee says he can’t discuss the sex scandal that led Mayor Dave Bing to remove him.
Godbee landed at Detroit Metropolitan Airport on Wednesday evening after attending a police conference in California — where he’s been since the news broke of an alleged affair with a subordinate.
While Godbee did not respond specifically about the scandal, he did tell reporters that this is an open investigation and lawyers are now involved so at this point, he cannot make a comment. The 44-year-old chief said he will talk about the situation at the appropriate time later to clear his name.
He also wouldn’t say if he’ll resign. The comments are Godbee’s first since the suspension.
Bing suspended Godbee for 30 days from his $140,400-a-year post on Tuesday after 37-year-old Angelica Robinson, an internal affairs officer with the DPD, claimed that she and her married boss engaged in a sexual relationship for about a year. Through her attorney David Robinson, Angelica Robinson said she was trying to cut off the relationship and Godbee “didn’t like that.”
David Robinson, who is not related to his client, said Godbee had other officers locate Angelica Robinson and put her under surveillance after she posted a photo on Twitter that showed her with her service weapon in her mouth. Angelica Robinson, who is married, allegedly took the photo after becoming irate when the chief went to the police conference in California with another woman.
Godbee and his wife recently filed for divorce.
Assistant Chief Chester Logan will fill in for the suspended Godbee. Angelica Robinson has been reassigned from internal affairs to other duties.
The mayor hired Godbee two years ago after firing his predecessor Warren Evans, in part because of similar charges involving a subordinate, Lt. Monique Patterson.
Godbee also had a romantic relationship with Patterson before she began dating Evans and when she was Godbee’s subordinate.
The relationship between Godbee and Patterson was made public after Godbee was named interim chief. Bing subsequently issued a statement insisting he wouldn’t fire Godbee for having an affair with a subordinate.
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