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Doug Godbee hospitalized after apparent overdose

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Posted: Tuesday, March 8, 2011 6:00 pm

UPDATE: April 26, 2011, 12:28 p.m.

Former Hawkins County Assistant District Attorney Doug Godbee was hospitalized April 20th after an apparent overdose of sleeping pills, according to an offense report filed at the Hawkins County Sheriff's Department.

The report says Deputy Stephen Britton responded to Godbee's apartment at 9:43 a.m. April 20th in response to a possible overdose. 

Britton wrote that Godbee had called Attorney Herb Holcomb's office and advised that help was needed at his apartment in reference to pills.

Hawkins County EMS transported Godbee to Wellmont Hospital Hawkins County.

The apparent overdose happened five days before evidence of sexual misconduct against Godbee was to be presented to the Hawkins County grand jury.

Those indictments have yet to be released to the public.


Three women who filed civil complaints against a former Hawkins County Assistant District Attorney hope their stories will inspire others to come forward.

So, they agreed to share them with 11 Connects.

In total, eight people have filed civil complaints against former Assistant District Attorney Doug Godbee.

They allege he offered them leniency in criminal cases in return for sexual favors and threatened prison time if they did not comply.

11 Connects Melissa Hipolit sat down with the three women who say they want to make sure Godbee never works in a position of power again.

Samantha Allen said her memory is vivid of the first time she met then Assistant District Attorney Doug Godbee.

"I was scared if I didn't do what he wanted when I went to court that day I was going to go to prison," said Allen.

Last summer, Samantha was in trouble with the law.

Law enforcement caught her in possession of drugs not long after she turned 18.

That is when Samantha said Godbee offered to help and then wrote her a note.

"He put..call me after work, we'll have fun or something like we'll have a good time," said Allen.

Samantha's mother did not want to be identified.

She remembers Godbee approaching her and offering to help with Samantha's situation in exchange for a meeting after work hours.

Samantha alleges in her civil complaint that Godbee had one of her court dates re-set, so he could use the threat of prison time to try to get what he wanted.


Another mother who filed a civil complaint against Godbee also did not want to be identified on camera.

She said, "he's destroyed me mentally and emotionally."

Her teenage daughter was arrested after being found high on drugs.

The mother remembers Godbee approaching her outside the courthouse offering to help.

"At first I thought he was just being nice, but the rubbing of the shoulders, it was feely, touchy," said the woman.

She also alleged that he repeatedly asked her out.


As for Whetstone, he did not return our calls for comment.

These complaints were all filed with the Tennessee claims administration, which has 90 days to investigate the claims. Then, they are sent to the claims commission which gets 30 days to respond.

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