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UPDATE: Detroit Mayor Dave Bing is expected to speak at 10am.

Will Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee resign admid his latest sex scandal? Detroit Mayor Dave Bing is expected to hold a news conference Monday to address the situation. Godbee is currently on a 30-day paid suspension. Stay with Fox 2 and myfoxdetroit.com for continuing coverage of this developing story.

By Charlie LeDuff, FOX 2 News

I got a call from Lieutenant Monique Patterson, the cop caught in the love triangle between former chief Warren Evans and Ralph Godbee two years ago.  She said she had some text messages showing that she had sex with Godbee in exchange for a promotion.

One text message from Godbee to Patterson said, "I want you, I think you, I breathe you, I taste you, I smell you, need I go on?"

Another text message from Godbee to Patterson read, "I need a face to face so you can see that I say what I say because I'm in LOVE WITH YOU!"

Yet another text message from Godbee to Patterson said, "I can meet you by 8'ish.  Can you have everything set up where you can just let me know the room #?"

A text message from Patterson to Godbee read, "I hate that all we have discussed (transfer, etc.) nothing has occurred.  Nothing seems hopeful to me at this point.  Nothing."

Then a text message from Godbee to Patterson said, "You will learn over time that my word is my bond!"

This is clearly more than sex between consenting adults.  It's an abuse of power.  The police department has been turned into a brothel.  City hall knew said the lawyer who took the messages to Deputy Mayor Saul Green.

"Saul asked that he be allowed to keep the text messages and that he said he would get back to us, and either the next day or a couple days later, he did.  I don't know what he did with them, but there was no doubt in my mind that he was going to run these up the totem pole, and I had the strong impression when we got back together that he had vetted this with the mayor and that his response was that they weren't interested in doing anything," said attorney Mark Zausmer.

I had a lot of questions for the lieutenant, so we sat down Friday.  Here are her own words:

"Did you allegedly sleep with him or did sleep with him?" I asked Patterson.

"I slept with Ralph," she answered.

"How do we know?" I questioned.

"October 14, 2009, yeah, I kept that condom," she said.

"For what reason?" I asked.

"So he, you know, wouldn't think that I'm just a stalker and I'm just a lying (expletive), like, oh no, I don't think so," she responded.

"Ralph Godbee was assistant chief, traded sex for promotions, yes or no?" I asked.

"Yes.  I was the commanding officer of Sex Crimes and after we became involved, he moved me to his staff and I worked right alongside with him in his office," she said.

"That was the deal you made?" I questioned.

"Yes," she answered.

"Our relationship began in August and by October the things that he had promised had not come to pass, so he noticed my behavior toward him had changed where I had backed up.  That's even referenced in a text message, and that's when afterwards there were other texts saying I spoke to this person, I spoke to that person, I'm going to get you down here and then once I got down there, well, we're going to celebrate," she added.  "As he referenced, I'd like to see your career advance, so I went along with the program."

"Are you a tramp?" I asked.

"People can call me whatever.  It's fine, you know.  If my behavior two years ago earned me that title then, then okay.  That was in 2009.  It's a new day.  I have a new life, and the department needs a new chief."

As we all know, Bing elevated Godbee to chief.  Anyhow, here we are again.  Detroit humiliated.  The mayor now with his own possible scandal.  And why did Patterson step forward?  Because she said Officer Angelica Robinson doesn't deserve the public abuse.

"I'm coming out with this because I don't want, firstly, for Angelica to fall on a sword like she's making this up.  This didn't have to happen had someone taken these text messages serious.  Maybe they thought he would've learned from this incident and gave him the benefit of a doubt moving forward.  So much for that."

Patterson is still on the police force and is the commanding officer of the Domestic Violence Unit.  There were no lawsuits.  She lost nothing.  They simply moved her laterally.

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