David Whelan


An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the arrest of a Rutherford County attorney, charged with multiple counts of rape.

On Monday, June 16, the Rutherford County Grand Jury returned indictments charging David Whelan, 49, with four counts of rape by fraud, four counts of rape by coercion, and one count of promoting prostitution. Whelan was arrested on Tuesday, June 17 and booked into the Rutherford County Jail on a $75,000 bond.

At the request of 16th District Attorney General Jennings Jones, in February 2019, the TBI began investigating allegations that Whelan attempted to get a client to provide sexual activity in lieu of payment. During the course of the investigation, agents developed information indicating that Whelan forced or coerced female clients into sex as a way to repay their attorney fees.

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