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Wife accuses Hawkins presidential hopeful of trespassing, harassment

Jeff Bobo • Jan 20, 2016 at 7:23 AM

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County man who announced two years ago he would run for president of the United States in 2016 will first have to answer a criminal complaint filed by his ex-wife accusing him of criminal trespassing and telephone harassment.

Richard “Darrell” Trigg, 56, of Rogersville, is scheduled to appear in Hawkins County Sessions Court Jan. 27 on a private prosecution warrant filed by his ex-wife, Lori Jones.

Jones filed a complaint against Trigg on Dec. 26 alleging she saw Trigg sitting in his Jeep Cherokee behind her house on Shepherds Chapel Road just west of Rogersville.

“She showed me in her court paperwork where he has no right to be on her property,” said HCSO Sgt. Michael Allen, who took Jones’ report. “This is an ongoing issue. Every time she leaves and goes out of town, her neighbors inform her that he shows up there every day.”

Allen advised Jones how to obtain a private prosecution warrant through Sessions Court, and her warrant was served on Trigg on Jan. 11.

Jones previously filed private prosecution warrants against Trigg twice in 2012 for violation of an order of protection — once for an incident that allegedly occurred on Nov. 28 of that year, and once for an incident that allegedly occurred on Dec. 13 of that year.

Both counts were dropped in March of 2013 by nolle prosequi, which is a legal term that means “unwilling to prosecute.”

Trigg, who operates his own engineering consulting firm, announced publicly during the 2014 Day of Prayer celebration in downtown Rogersville that he would be running for president of the United States in 2016.

Among Darrell Trigg’s goals if elected president is to change the U.S. Constitution, eliminating “separation of church and state” and replacing that with “union of church and state.”

During his public appearance May 1, 2014 Trigg mentioned several changes planned for this country if elected, not the least of which is making Christianity the official religion of the United States.

Under Trigg’s presidency the Bible will be a mandatory subject for K-12 students in public schools.

Marriage will be re-established as “Holy Matrimony” between a man and woman, gay marriage will be banned, and homosexuality “will not be recognized legally, or any other way.”

Adultery will be punishable by jail time and large fines.

Nudity will be banned from the Internet and television, as well as excessive violence, foul language, blasphemy, or any form of homosexuality.

Marijuana will not be legal except for medicinal purposes.

On his campaign website he acknowledges his wife Lori who he married in 1987, but doesn’t mention that they have been divorced since 2013.

Trigg is not yet an official candidate for president in Tennessee, according to Adam Ghassemi, who is director of communications for the Tennessee Secretary of State’s office which oversees the state elections commission.

“Also, the ‘Christian Party’ has not sought minor party status in Tennessee,” Ghassemi told the Times-News Tuesday. “The deadline to organize for a minor party for the November election is August 10. The deadline to qualify as an independent for president in August 25.”

Trigg was released from the Hawkins County Jail about a half hour after being booked into jail on Jan. 11.                      

Darrell Trigg announces his intent to run for president during the Rogersville Day of Prayer celebration in 2014 

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