Attorneys Say Deputies In Baptize Case Could Face Criminal Charges

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Attorneys in federal lawsuits say two county deputies who allegedly were involved in the "baptism" of a woman after a traffic stop could face criminal charges.

In a filing in Federal Court, attorneys said it is possible that indictments may be sought against Daniel Wilkey and Jacob Goforth.

Attorneys said federal lawsuits against the deputies should be stayed until any criminal actions are handled. 

It says they are also under investigation by the TBI and the FBI in connection with a traffic stop of James Myron Mitchell in which there was allegedly a body cavity search.

Sheriff Jim Hammond has said he does not believe the drug search involved a body cavity.

Shandle Marie Riley claims in her lawsuit that Deputy Wilkey, wearing boxer shorts, baptized her in Soddy Lake after searching her car for drugs.

Deputy Wilkey was also sued along with deputy Bobby Brewer by Mitchell.

The Riley suit says on Feb. 6 between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m., she was driving alone in her 2016 white Chrysler 300 when she pulled into a Mapco for gas and cigarettes. She said deputy Wilkey was also at the Mapco.

She said she then went to the residence of a friend to see her minor child. She said Wilkey pulled in behind her and asked her to get out of the vehicle on suspicion she had meth.

The woman claimed that deputy Wilkey then conducted a search by "feeling through her clothes, her breasts, abdomen, buttocks, inner thighs and crotch." She said he asked her to reach under her shirt and pull out her bra and shake it and the shirt.

The suit says only a marijuana "roach" was found in her vehicle.

It says deputy Wilkey then asked her if she was saved and believed in Jesus Christ. It says deputy Wilkey told her that God was talking to him during the search and wanted him to baptize her. He said he "felt the spirit," it was stated.

The complaint says deputy Wilkey told Ms. Randle to go to the friend's residence and get two towels for the baptism. 

He said if she would let him baptize her, he would only issue a criminal citation for marijuana and not take her to jail. He also said he would speak to the judge in her behalf.

She said she got the towels, then followed the deputy to a boat ramp at Soddy Lake. She said deputy Goforth was also present as "a witness."

She said deputy Wilkey stripped nearly naked and gave her the option of removing her clothes. She said she chose to keep them on. 

The suit says the county deputy then took her into the water and completely submerged her in the cold water by holding one hand on her back and the other on her breasts. She said afterward she was shivering uncontrollably and and felt horribly violated.

 

 


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