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Snohomish takes Coupeville cop’s case
An investigation into a Coupeville deputy marshal has been turned over to a detective with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, according to Oak Harbor Police Chief Ed Green.
Hodges Gowdey, a 13-year veteran of the Coupeville Town Marshal’s Office, was charged in Island County Superior Court on Feb. 11 with unlawful imprisonment and witness tampering. The instances are charged as domestic-violence-related crimes.
Police allege that Gowdey, 44, got into a fight in 2007 with his then-girlfriend and handcuffed her on the side of a road; he allegedly later coached her not to tell investigators about the handcuffing incident, according to the police report.
Gowdey was released from jail on the charges after posting a $30,000 bond.
Gowdey’s attorney, Chris Skinner of Oak Harbor, said his client will plead not guilty at his March 3 arraignment.
“We will be aggressively defending the case,” Skinner said.
Green said the case was handed over to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office to avoid any potential conflicts of interest.
Detective Brad Pince, who is taking over the case, said he’s looking into new allegations against Gowdey, but he doesn’t know if they will lead to additional charges.