Deputy Sued Over Forced Baptism Sued Again By A Minor Alleging Another Bizarre Mixture Of God And Invasive Searches

from the hyperspecific-religions-weird-rn dept

Hamilton County (TN) Deputy Daniel Wilkey is one sick man. Recently, we covered his elevation into the ever-swelling ranks of Law Enforcement Officer What Have Been Sued. But Wilkey joined in the most spectacular fashion: he was sued twice in the same day.

This wasn’t the only thing that made Deputy Wilkey stand out. The allegations were highly unusual, to say the least. In one case, Deputy Wilkey claimed to be able to smell the odor of marijuana emanating from a car that passed him while his cruiser idled on a cross street. This and alleged illegal window tint were used to justify a stop that escalated into the nonconsensual anal search of the vehicle’s passenger, resulting in the tearing of the man’s anus and the aggravation of his existing hernia.

The second lawsuit’s allegations were just as disturbing. And they wandered off into areas not normally seen in civil rights lawsuits. The second plaintiff claimed Deputy Wilkey searched her car and her bra before telling her she’d get off with a lighter punishment if she agreed to be baptized in a nearby lake. This weird ritual was carried out in the presence of Deputy Jacob Goforth, who did nothing to stop Wilkey’s forced baptism of a female citizen.

Wilkey is facing two more lawsuits, according to WRCB TV. And there’s even more weird sociopathy present in the accusations. On July 9th, Deputy Wilkey was sued by a man who claims the deputy used excessive force during a traffic stop over window tint.

This lawsuit [PDF] claims the deputies performed an illegal search of his vehicle by detaining him until they could run a drug dog around his car. The drug dog supposedly alerted but no drugs were found. The deputies also allegedly told the man to stand with his hands on the hot hood of a vehicle, resulting in burns.

The second lawsuit [PDF], filed October 17th, details Deputy Wilkey’s harassment of six minors in a vehicle. Once again, Wilkey told the driver and occupants he had stopped them for illegal window tint. He was also accompanied by Deputy Jacob Goforth, who was present during Wilkey’s forced baptism of another driver. Wilkey also claimed he “smelled weed,” apparently to justify the actions he took next. He ordered all of the minors out of the car and began doing things only Deputy Wilkey would ever do.

Without any lawful justification, Wilkey then ordered the minors to take their cell phones and place the phones inside the vehicle.

As Goforth stood by and watched, Wilkey began a series of comments to the minors about religion and said that he was “praying” for them.

Interspersed in his comments about God, Jesus and religion were Wilkey’s insults, foul language, and comments about how the minors will end up like their “piece of s#*t parents” and become “disappointments.”

Well then.

As Goforth stood by in apparent silent approval, Wilkey told the minors the “law” did not allow them to call their parents. He then ordered the single male minor to strip down. The minor stripped down to his boxers. Wilkey told the minor to take his boxers off. The minor refused.

Wilkey then searched the five females, running his hands over their entire bodies and spending extra time on their breasts, buttocks, and crotches. He pulled out one minor’s bra and “shook” it, supposedly looking for contraband. (He did the same thing to the woman he forcibly baptized.)

The entire ordeal lasted nearly two hours, with the minors being subjected to Wilkey’s prayers, insults, and groping while standing in the rain.

The lawsuit then goes on to point out the Sheriff’s Office has refused to discipline or fire a number of deputies and jailers who have engaged in serious misconduct. It has also failed to do anything with Deputy Wilkey other than give him a paid vacation.

Wilkey has had four lawsuits filed against him this year. Three of the four allege their stops were predicated on window tint violations. Two of the four state Wilkey claimed he “smelled weed.” Two of the lawsuits allege horrific levels of misconduct tied to Wilkey’s very unique brand of religion. There’s a pattern here and patterns are bad news for law enforcement agencies that hope to get themselves dismissed from lawsuits.

Then there’s Deputy Goforth who has stood by and allowed Wilkey to violate rights. Hopefully that will hurt him just as much as these lawsuits will hurt Deputy Wilkey.

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That One Guy (profile) says:

When the rot has overtaken the ENTIRE tree

The lawsuit then goes on to point out the Sheriff’s Office has refused to discipline or fire a number of deputies and jailers who have engaged in serious misconduct. It has also failed to do anything with Deputy Wilkey other than give him a paid vacation.

Only one possible takeaway from that really: They fully support everything he’s doing, and are merely trying to wait until something else comes up draw attention away from him, and given what he’s engaging in that says a lot about just how disgusting and vile those working at that office are.

Hopefully the judge(s) at least aren’t as blatantly corrupt, and can find some way to hand out some hefty punishments to the scum directly, as at this point prison time would not be an unreasonable consequence.

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Scary Devil Monastery (profile) says:

Re: When the rot has overtaken the ENTIRE tree

"Hopefully the judge(s) at least aren’t as blatantly corrupt, and can find some way to hand out some hefty punishments to the scum directly, as at this point prison time would not be an unreasonable consequence."

Cue the face-saving exercise. At this point the judge in question would have to point to a police officer in good standing with his department showing a VERY disturbing interest in molesting minors in a ritual fashion…with, apparently, the full backing of everyone else in his peer group.

A judge might come down on this behavior but can you imagine the likely career of the prosecutor daring to bring this to a courtroom?

What is truly disturbing here is that Wilkey appears to be escalating his power trip rapidly as he keeps getting away scot-free with an ever increasing severity of sexual assault which started with anal probes over flimsy premise and is now at lining up minors and stripping them down for jackoff material over NO premise.

Norahc (profile) says:

Then there’s Deputy Goforth who has stood by and allowed Wilkey to violate rights. Hopefully that will hurt him just as much as these lawsuits will hurt Deputy Wilkey.

I hold out a faint hope that they will end up in prison, so they can experience the hurt of anal tearing that they inflicted.

Then the cynic in me kicks in and I fear that they will just become the next contestants on the Cop Job Merry-go-round

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Scary Devil Monastery (profile) says:

Re: Uhhhh… wow…

"I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a cop like this guy, and I’ve heard some pretty horrific cop stories."

Because the cop stories you hear of are the ones where the assailed person dared to file a complaint and stuck it out until it made the papers.

It’s a bit like sexual assault statistics. In countries where shaming the victim and abuse by authority is highly likely the statistics of abuse are low, even if the actual number of assault is through the roof.

In Japan, for the longest time, "rape" was defined to include ONLY forced intercourse involving actual physical violence. So anyone intimidated, drugged, or forcefully held down was shit out of luck when it came to pressing an assault charge. Not to mention that the social mores heavily stigmatized victims, encouraging them to shut up about it.

In a US small-town burgh under the oversight of officers like Wilkey, above, it’s very likely most victims won’t have the courage to speak up, or be willing to subject themselves to retaliation and public shaming. And forget about the authorities voluntarily investigating law enforcement unless the officer in question’s gone full Dahmer.

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bhull242 (profile) says:

Re: Re: Uhhhh… wow…

That wasn’t exactly what I was getting at. I was referring to the combination of weird forcing of his religion on people with the molestation, along with excessive force and stops with questionable justification. It’s also interesting that four lawsuits were filed against this one guy in a week or two.

Your point is very interesting, though.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re: Uhhhh... wow...

            …a US small-town burgh…

… at one time Chattanooga was a bustling commercial center

Google Maps: Hamilton County, TN

Wikipedia: List of metropolitan statistical areas

100 [rank]     Chattanooga, TN-GA MSA     560,793 [2018 est.]        528,143 [2010 census]     +6.18%

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re:5 Uhhhh... wow...

So, it’s not small enough to be a small-town burgh, the .

Your conclusion appears malformed and perhaps cut-off — which is appropriate for this dialogue.

Because I replied to your question specifically in terms of the OMB definition for a micropolitan statistical area, and contextually contrasted that definition against the Chattanooga, TN-GA metropolitan statistical area.

That is, you might have a complaint that I didn’t answer your exact query.

“Small-town burgh” is a colloquialism, with semantics relatively dependent on both speaker and context.

What the heck is a “small town burgh”, exactly, anyhow? Maybe you want to ask OMB or the Census Bureaus that question — They’ve studied this stuff. Intensely.

Scary Devil Monastery (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re:6 Uhhhh... wow...

I should have expanded on that – Wilkey was reported and a complaint was lodged. And this can be expected to happen in a metropolitan urban area.

But imagine how this plays out in every little town where the law consisted of some guy like wilkes and his one or two deputies, or in bible belt country where the verdict of society will first of all fall on the victim who dares to air her defilement stigma in public.

My point being that for every guy like Wilkey there’s going to be ten or twenty who don’t get reported until some sort of critical point gets reached – as happened with the #MeToo movement, up until when people like Weinstein were considered untouchable no matter what they did.

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Anonymous Coward says:

wait, he's really trying to help the rest of us out...

Ok, since officers can’t be punished when they violate the law in ‘novel’ ways, DEputy Wilkey is really just trying to get sued for all the illegal novel ways he can think of… so that the ‘next time’ a law enforcement officer performs an illegal babtism, they will be properly punished for it, and not get off with nothing due to it being a ‘novel’ breaking of the law.

amirite?

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Scary Devil Monastery (profile) says:

Re: Gods work

I shouldn’t have to say it but Poe’s Law has pretty much ensured that no matter how badly you try to pretend at being the genuine Blue/Bobmail it still isn’t possible to go insane enough to actually establish it as a parody.

Case in point, most people here can’t even tell the difference.

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