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Lewd call to KPD prompts new charge for neglect suspect

April 2nd, 2014 2:43 pm by Rain Smith

Lewd call to KPD prompts new charge for neglect suspect

Michael E. Daugherty, 37

KINGSPORT — A Kingsport child neglect suspect picked up another charge after calling a detective assigned to the case and allegedly leaving an expletive-laced message boasting about the sexual conquest of the female officer's "wife."

Michael E. Daugherty, 37, of 117 Mull St., was arrested Tuesday on a warrant from Kingsport police. He was booked into the city jail on charges of harassment and attempted child neglect.

According to an affidavit filed in Kingsport General Sessions Court, Daugherty first drew the attention of law enforcement on Jan. 10. That's when he allegedly drove to a city elementary school to pick up his daughter, but a teacher suspected him of being under the influence.

Court records state Daugherty's driving was extremely slow, with him swerving in the roadway. The school principal approached the vehicle and removed the girl, noticing that Daugherty emitted an odor of alcohol and spoke with slurred speech.

The child's mother was called to respond and take custody of his daughter and Daugherty drove away from the scene.

After being contacted by school personnel, Kingsport police visited Daugherty's home. An affidavit states he was found with bloodshot eyes and apparently under the influence. A referral on the incident was made to the Department of Children's Service, with a KPD detective assigned to conduct a follow-up investigation.

A subsequent police report says KPD Det. Terry Christian tried to contact Daugherty by phone, but her attempts were unsuccessful. Christian reports later receiving a message on her work phone from Daugherty's number, at which point he stated, "Yeah, (expletive) you, Terry Christian. You wanna call me?"

Police say Daugherty's lewd message went on to brag about his relations with the female detective's "wife" — claiming he and the nonexistent woman were currently engaged in sexual activity.

His message reportedly concluded with, "(it's) so good, mmmm" — then an additional expletive directed at the detective.

A police report notes that Daugherty sounded like he was "possibly" under the influence while making the call.

Warrants for Daugherty's arrest were obtained on March 24. He was apprehended Tuesday morning and arraigned, with his court date set for June 12.

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