Judge denies former Hamilton County deputy Daniel Wilkey's request to pause civil suit amid criminal prosecution

Staff photo by Tim Barber/ Daniel Wilkey, HSCO deputy, waits to get a new Jan. 24, 2020, court date Friday morning in Judge Barry Steelman's courtroom, Dec. 20, 2019.

Citing a potentially yearslong prosecution, a federal judge denied now-criminally indicted former Hamilton County deputy Daniel Wilkey's requests to put multiple civil suits on hold until the criminal case is resolved.

The 26-year-old former deputy is at the center of 10 current civil lawsuits, and in December, he was indicted on 44 criminal charges, including six counts of sexual battery, two counts of rape and nine counts of official oppression. Some of the criminal charges stem from the allegations set forth in the civil cases.

Most of the civil suits Wilkey faces involve traffic stops, during which he is accused of engaging in several instances of alleged misconduct, including a forced baptism, groping of underage girls, illegal drug searches and an alleged roadside body cavity search that was captured by dash camera footage.