DA not planning to pursue false imprisonment charges against LSU football player

Published: Sep. 27, 2016 at 8:48 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 27, 2016 at 9:19 PM CDT
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Davon Godchaux (No. 57) assists in tackling ULM QB Pete Thomas behind the line of scrimmage...
Davon Godchaux (No. 57) assists in tackling ULM QB Pete Thomas behind the line of scrimmage during a 2014 game. (Source: Josh Auzenne/WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - District Attorney Hillar Moore has confirmed his office is not planning to pursue the false imprisonment charge against an LSU football player.

Junior defensive tackle Davon Godchaux, 21, was arrested by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office after an alleged domestic disturbance around 3:30 a.m. Monday. He had also been issued a misdemeanor summons.

The police report noted the conflicting stories between Godchaux and the victim, who was also issued a misdemeanor summons for domestic abuse battery and child endangerment.

"The primary basis for this change of booking was the inconsistent statements of [the victim], the statements of Mr. Godchaux and the physical evidence at the scene, and not her request to dismiss these charges," Moore said in a statement Tuesday. "I appreciate the follow efforts by the EBRSO in continuing to investigate this matter."

Moore said his office is also reviewing the misdemeanor charges against the victim and a decision to formally charge her has not been made yet.

LSU officials said Monday that Godchaux was indefinitely suspended from the team following his arrest. No word yet on if or when that will change.

According to a police report, deputies were called out to an apartment in the 11000 block of Nicholson Drive where they found the victim in another person's apartment claiming "she was just battered by her boyfriend." The victim told deputies that she and Godchaux had been in a relationship for about two years and had a 10-month-old child together.

An argument allegedly began between Godchaux and the victim over an alleged infidelity and Godchaux suggested the couple separate, according to the police report. The victim told deputies she tried to leave, but Godchaux allegedly pulled her hair to keep her from the door.

Deputies report the victim and Godchaux allegedly had a short altercation after which she tried to leave again and was pulled by her shoulder back toward the couch and, at some point, she claimed she hit a television, which deputies stated had a partly shattered screen.

According to the report, the victim's lip was swollen and she also had "a slight red mark near the front of her throat." Godchaux was also reported to have cuts on his gums from his braces which appeared "as if he were struck by the victim" at some point, according to deputies.

When questioned by deputies, Godchaux claimed there really was no altercation and that the victim allegedly kicked the television on purpose as they verbally argued.

According to the report, Godchaux told deputies the victim was asked to leave several times but "refused to do so because she was so upset with him." Deputies added he repeatedly claimed, "he never attempted to prevent her from leaving."

Godchaux was released from East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a $3,000 bond Monday.

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