Deputy Daniel Wilkey makes first appearance in court

HAMILTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) — Hamilton County Sheriff’s deputy Daniel Wilkey made his first appearance in criminal court Friday morning, but it was brief.

Wilkey is on paid leave from the Sheriff’s Office, while he faces 44 criminal charges.

They include counts of rape, official oppression and assault in connection with traffic stops he made in the last few months.

His scheduled arraignment in Judge Barry Steelman’s court was postponed until January 24.

The 26-year-old is free on bond.

Wilkey is in the process of hiring his lawyer.

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