Former Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee (Detroit News file photo)
Pontiac — Former Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee insists he never harassed his ex-girlfriend, and claims he only contacted her once to wish her well after she told him on New Year’s Eve, the same day he paid her rent, that she was seeing another man.
In a motion filed Monday in Oakland Circuit Court, Godbee said he was surprised to learn from a Detroit News reporter that his ex-girlfriend, Merica Patterson of Waterford Township, had filed a personal protection order against him on Jan. 2.
Patterson, 28, claimed in the order that Godbee has been harassing and threatening her for several months, and that he used former FBI contacts to spy on her and her friends.
Godbee, a Baptist pastor who was ousted as Detroit Police Chief in 2012 amid a sex scandal involving a female internal affairs officer whom he’d promoted, fired back against Patterson’s allegations in his Jan. 14 motion to terminate her protection order.
“The statements made in Ms. Patterson’s petition give the misleading impression that I have been making unwanted contact with her since August of 2013,” Godbee wrote. “Nothing could be further from the truth.”
Godbee, who could not be reached for comment, said in his motion that he became engaged to Patterson Dec. 10, during a Bahamian cruise.
“By mid-December, Ms. Patterson had broken our engagement,” Godbee wrote. “At that time, our relationship returned to the courtship stage, as it had several times in the past.
“I courted Ms. Patterson through the holiday season … I emailed Bible verses and expressed my love for her. I did not make threats, and I did not say or do anything that would make a reasonable person fear violence or interference with her freedom.”
Godbee said he sent Patterson an electronic message on Dec. 31 via his financial institution offering to pay her January rent.
“Ms. Patterson accepted my offer,” he said. “She took the rent money and has not returned it to me. I interpreted her conduct as a sign that our relationship was once again moving forward.
“However, at approximately 7:00 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, Ms. Patterson informed me that she was in a relationship with someone else and no longer wanted me to contact her,” Godbee wrote. “I attempted briefly to get her to reconsider her decision. I had no success.
“I last contacted her on January 3, 2014, wishing her well in the choices she has made,” Godbee wrote.
Oakland Circuit Judge Lisa Gorcyca is scheduled to decide Wednesday whether to dismiss Patterson’s protection order.