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Former Deputy Sheriff Faces 44 Criminal Charges

Former Hamilton County Deputy Sheriff, Daniel Wilkey, allegedly performed an illegal body cavity search of James Myron Mitchell following a traffic stop in Tennessee. Wilkey has also been the subject of multiple lawsuits while e employed by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office that accuse him of misconduct ranging from including false imprisonment to child molestation.

In December 2019, the county district attorney filed 44 criminal charges against Wilkey. Wilkey and Hamilton County also face nine civil lawsuits, including one class action.

In June 2020, the Hamilton County DA’s office accused the sheriff’s office of slowing down the investigation. Court filings also indicate that several dash-cam videos involving Wilkey were lost in a “catastrophic failure” by computer servers.

In a recent interview, Denver defense attorney and Court TV correspondent Jeffrey Wolf discussed how multiple charges and several alleged victims could impact Wilkey’s case.

“I don’t know that there’s a circumstance where it’s not going to shock the conscience of a jury to watch a police officer bend a man over on the side of the road and conduct a full body cavity search…the indignity of that, the cruelty of that…this case really shocks the conscience.”

Watch the full video for more commentary from Jeffrey Wolf; plus, more details about the case.