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Murfreesboro attorney accused of raping babysitter

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Posted at 2:00 PM, Mar 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-29 15:00:23-04

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WTVF) — Deputies arrested attorney David Whelan for allegedly raping and kidnapping his daughter's teen babysitter.

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Officials with the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office said the incident happened Friday at the attorney's home.

Whelan arrived home and raped the girl, but she was able to escape and call 9-1-1, according to Detective Sgt. Steve Craig.

Deputies quickly arrived and interviewed the girl. They then obtained multiple search warrants to gather evidence at his home and at the Sheriff’s Office where Whalen was taken.

Whelan was booked into Rutherford County Adult Detention Center where he is being held on $130,000 bond. He must have a bond source hearing before a judge before being released.

A hearing on the charges is set Aug. 3 in General Sessions Court.