In the front row for the arraignment was a supporter of Malloy’s, who had quite an unusual story to share.
“I know that he was a good police officer,” said Bend-area resident Janet Wickersham. But she also said that five years ago, after the officer came to her Spring River home to take a domestic-violence complaint (involving one of her four children’s fathers), Malloy, not in uniform asked if he could date her daughter—who was then 16 years old. (He would have been about 33 at the time.)
“I told him, ‘Not until she’s 18—then you can come and get her,'” Wickersham said. “He didn’t do anything out of the ordinary. He never did anything with my daughter…. He lived down the road from us.” She said the family moved to Newport for a couple years, and that her daughter, now 21, still lives there.
Acknowledging she was “a little drunk” at the time, Wickersham said she responded to Malloy’s request by putting her own arm around him and lifting her leg to do the same. “I said, ‘What do you want with a near-virgin with no experience, when you can have a mature woman like me?’ But guys like younger women.”
At one point during the court proceeding, as the judge set the new bail amount, Wickersham exclaimed: “He’s in deep!”
Holy shit, there is just so much wrong with that, that I don’t even know where to start. I’ve gotta give props to Barney for (I’m assuming) not just sitting there in slack-jawed horror after hearing that story.
It’s just like the embodiment of every cliché about white trash you could imagine, rolled up into that segment. Wow.