Murfreesboro attorney indicted on rape charges

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Posted at 11:43 AM, Jun 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-17 14:25:27-04

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WTVF) — A Murfreesboro attorney has been indicted on multiple rape charges, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

In February 2019, TBI agents began an investigation into allegations that attorney David Whelan, 49, tried to get a client to provide sexual activity to him in lieu of payment.

During the investigation, the TBI says they learned information that Whelan forced or coerced female clients into sex as a way to pay their attorney fees.

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David Whelan (Photo: TBI)

The Rutherford County Grand Jury returned indictments Monday charging Whelan with four counts of rape by fraud, four counts of rape by coercion and one count of promoting prostitution. He was arrested on Tuesday and booked into the Rutherford County jail on a bond of $75,000.