A Department of Human Services case manager is charged with rape by coercion for allegedly leading a female client believe that she should submit to his advances in exchange for help obtaining food stamps, police said.
Darius Willis, 38, of Nashville, was arrested Friday afternoon at his DHS office inside Vanderbilt University Medical Center, according to police.
The 28-year-old victim told police that she went to Willis’ office Thursday to discuss Medicaid and food stamp issues. She said that Willis raped her in the office while implying that if she did not go along with his advances, approval for food stamps would be less likely, police said.
The victim contacted police Thursday afternoon and confronted Willis on Friday while detectives monitored the conversation. Police said Willis acknowledged the sexual contact both in that conversation and subsequent questioning.
Willis, who has no prior arrest history in Nashville, is being held in lieu of $100,000 bond, police said.