Seymour man faces three felonies following domestic incident

A 31-year-old Seymour man was arrested Monday four days after he battered and choked a woman, police report.

Jonathan Thomas Godsey faces Level 6 felony charges of domestic battery, criminal confinement and strangulation after an incident reported to police June 5. He also faces a Class A misdemeanor charge of interfering with the reporting of a crime.

Officers with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department investigated the incident after they were called by a woman who said she had been battered by Godsey at her residence.

Officer Brad Barker interviewed the woman at the Seymour Police Department. At the time, the woman had a swollen lip with dried blood on it, according to the probable cause affidavit filed Wednesday by Barker.

The woman told Barker that she and Godsey had been out shopping and were arguing on their way back to her house. She said she then made him get out of the vehicle before they arrived there.

Godsey waited outside the home before the woman let him in about an hour later, according to court documents.

The argument continued, and the woman told Godsey to leave the residence.

At that point, Godsey began lunging at her but wouldn’t hit her, the woman said.

The situation escalated when she told him she was calling police, according to court documents.

That’s when Godsey took her phone and punched her in the face, Barker said.

She told police Godsey also held his hand over her mouth and stayed on top of her until he saw headlights in the driveway and ran to the back of the home.

That’s when she fled the house with her dog and sought help from police, she said.

Godsey could not be located, but he returned to the home June 9 and “was causing issues,” according to court documents.

Officers attempted to speak with Godsey, but he was already gone when they arrived, Barker said.

Godsey later was found at a residence on the city’s southeast side.

When questioned by police, Barker said Godsey told officers he did not place his hands on the woman, but she had struck him before.

He told police it didn’t matter what he said because he was expecting to go to jail before requesting to be placed in Barker’s police car.

Godsey was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 6:37 a.m. Monday without bond.

A Level 6 felony is punishable between six months and two and a half years if convicted.