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Ex-policeman makes court appearance

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BOLIVAR, Tenn. (FOX13) -

A Hardeman County man had nothing to say during his first court appearance.  Jonathan Trent Wilbanks is still behind bars after posting threatening comments about an elementary school and several police departments on Facebook.

Dressed in a Hardeman County Jail issued jumpsuit and handcuffs, Wilbanks stood quietly after Judge Chip Cary scheduled his next court date for April 24.

Unlike in court, Wilbanks has plenty to spout out on his Facebook page including threatening Bolivar Elementary School, the Hardeman County Sheriff's Office, Bolivar's Police and Whiteville's Police departments.

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"You best lock and load boys, cause I'm coming with a vengeance. This (deleted) ends now!" This was a post from Wilbanks Facebook page.  In another post he says, "am I raving mad? You (deleted) right. Can I back it all up? You better sit your (deleted) down."  

He is now facing two charges of harassment.  All this coming from a former law enforcement officer.   
Wilbanks worked for the Bolivar Police Department between September 2011 and August 2012.  He has also worked for the Whiteville Police, Hardeman County Sheriff's Department and the Grand Junction Police Department.
There is also an affidavit from a 2012 complaint against Wilbanks. He was accused of reckless endangerment and domestic assault. The affidavit states Wilbanks was drinking in August of 2012 and got into an argument with his wife. According to the affidavit, he grabbed her, pulled out a gun and shot into the air.
Stemming from the Monday's Facebook post about Bolivar Elementary another affidavit also shows more than 300 students were checked out of the elementary school by their parents out of fear for their children's safety.

In a later post, Wilbanks also stated he wasn't threatening anyone with bodily harm.  Regardless, what he posted was taken seriously enough that Wilbanks is behind bars on a $50,000 bond.

Public Defender Terry Dycus has been assigned to Wilbanks' case.

You may remember, Dycus was also the attorney for Mary Mayes, who is accused of helping her son kidnap the Bain sisters in 2012.

In January, Dycus was taken off the Mayes case and suspend for violating the rules of professional conduct by engaging in inappropriate conversations with two criminal defendants in a separate case.

FOX13 News tried to get in contact with Dycus about whether his suspension was lifted but he declined to comment.

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