COUPEVILLE — Island County prosecutors have charged a Coupeville deputy marshal with domestic-violence unlawful imprisonment and tampering with a witness.
Hodges Gowdey III, 44, was placed on leave from his job after new allegations came to light. He’d been with the town marshal’s office for more than 13 years.
Gowdey is accused of pulling over an ex-girlfriend and handcuffing her on the side of the road in 2007 after the pair had an argument at the police station. He also is accused of telling the woman not to tell anyone about the incident during a related internal investigation.
The marshal’s office is set to merge into the Island County Sheriff’s Office on March 1. The sheriff’s office took over operations there shortly after Gowdey’s arrest.
The new allegations came to light because Gowdey had applied for a job at the sheriff’s office and was undergoing a background check.
If convicted as charged, he faces up to eight months confinement.
Court records show he was charged and acquitted of domestic violence 15 years ago in Issaquah.