Hamilton Co. Deputy Facing 44 Criminal Charges Sees First Day in Court

The Hamilton County sheriff's deputy facing a litany of charges for his conduct while acting as a law enforcement officer saw his first day in court on Friday, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reports. Daniel Wilkey was indicted on 44 criminal charges, including six counts of sexual battery, two counts of rape and nine counts of official oppression. Attorney Ben McGowan appeared with Wilkey, asking Hamilton County Criminal Court Judge Barry Steelman to postpone arraignment until Wilkey could officially retain him, with Steelman agreeing to a Jan. 24 date. In addition to the criminal charges, Wilkey faces 11 civil lawsuits, including one alleging the wrongful death of a Rhea County man and accusations by five underage girls who say he groped them and made another boy strip during a traffic stop.

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