Riley Swearingen Charged with Assault for Giving Mankato Cop "Wet Willy"

Sure, it's no fun to be on the receiving end of a "wet willy," but you wouldn't think one would constitute felony assault, right?

But that's one charge among a few 24-year-old Riley Swearingen faced for putting his saliva-dampened fingers in the ears of a Mankato cop during the course of drunken shenanigans just after bar close Saturday morning. (As this post was being finalized, we learned that after three days in jail, Swearingen agreed to a plea deal yesterday whereby he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disruptive intoxication in order to have the felony charge dropped.)

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According to the criminal complaint, Mankato Department of Public Safety Police Sergeant Adam Gray was talking with a driver of a "drunk bus" in the city's entertainment district when he "felt two fingertips that were obvious to him as wet with saliva being pushed into his right and left ear canals, which caused pressure and discomfort in his ear canals."

The officer turned and saw a man later identified as Swearingen tell his friends, "I just gave the cop a wet Willie."

"Sergeant Gray immediately proceeded after the male who assaulted him," the complaint continues.

Once he was apprehended, Swearingen told Gray he was just joking around and was sorry, but Gray arrested him anyway.

Swearingen told cops he's in the United States Air Force on active duty and was home from North Carolina on leave.

"Officer Steve Hoppe, who has prior military service, arrived and spoke with Swearingen," the complaint continues. "Swearingen asked Officer Gray why he was doing this to him. Sergeant Gray asked what would happen if he did the same thing to a non-commissioned officer or an officer in the military."

In response to that question, Swearingen admitted "it would be a very big deal" and "there was no way he would do it in the military." Cops say he smelled like booze, and a breathalyzer subsequently pegged his BAL at 0.186.

In addition to a fourth-degree assault of a peace officer charge that could land him in prison for three years, Swearingen was also charged with misdemeanor fifth-degree assault and misdemeanor gross intoxication.

To read the criminal complaint for yourself, click to page two.


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