Tennessee deputy indicted on 44 criminal charges including rape, battery, assault

Hamilton County Deputy Daniel Wilkey, 26, was arrested Tuesday and booked into the Hamilton County Jail, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported. He was later released on $25,000 bail, according to the publication.

The indictment comes as Wilkey is already facing multiple lawsuits for alleged misconduct during traffic stops involving illegal drug searches, a roadside cavity search and groping female minors, according to the paper.

Wilkey was put on paid administrative leave in July while his department carried out an investigation.

Dashcam footage released by Hamilton County’s district attorney general that month shows Wilkey and another deputy appearing to kick, punch and strip the pants off a handcuffed black man before allegedly performing a body cavity search, per the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Tuesday’s indictment included charges of sexual battery, rape, official oppression, extortion, stalking and assault, among others.

Wilkey’s alleged misconduct has stoked outrage among Chattanooga’s black community, with calls made for Sheriff Jim Hammond, 75, to resign for his handling of the case.

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