David Whelan, a Tennessee attorney was charged with aggravated rape along with aggravated kidnapping of a teenager, on March 27, by the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office. Whelan’s own daughter’s babysitter accused the 49-year-old of raping her. He did not abide by the court regulations by not appearing on September 2, due to allegations on him stating that he “forced or coerced female clients into sex as a way to repay their attorney fees” (following the official reports of Tennessee Bureau of Investigation).
Whelan was instantly a new addition to the Most Wanted list on September 4. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation circulated a photo of Whelan on Wednesday. Raymond Smiles, assistant chief inspector of the Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force recounted that, owing to a tip on Thursday night, five officers were sent to arrest the accused from a boat at the Sundowner Marina in Mobile, Alabama, the next morning. Smiles further claims, “When they identified themselves, he reached for his weapon and committed suicide.
It was very quick”. The accused 49-year-old was already under the radar since February, 2019, because of complaints and allegations involving his clients. He also was accused of additional charges involving four counts of rape by fraud, four counts of rape by coercion and one count of propagating prostitution.
Whelan was further charged “with two counts of aggravated sexual battery by an authority figure, two counts of aggravated sexual battery and one count of statutory rape by an authority figure”. The Board of Professional Responsibility of the Supreme Court of Tennessee invalidated Whelan’s law practice license, claiming, “he failed to respond to the Board regarding a complaint of misconduct and poses a risk of substantial harm to the public”.