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Box Elder County Sheriff's deputy charged for illegal strip search

BRIGHAM CITY, Utah (ABC 4 News) - A former Box Elder County Sheriff's Office deputy has been charged for performing an inappropriate strip search of an 17-year-old girl he had taken to his patrol car for questioning.
BRIGHAM CITY, Utah (ABC 4 News) - A former Box Elder County Sheriff's Office deputy has been charged for performing an inappropriate strip search of an 17-year-old girl he had taken to his patrol car for questioning.

18-year-old Tamsen Reid of Salt Lake County had previously sued former Box Elder County Sheriff's Deputy Scott Womack, claiming he forced her to take off her clothes during a traffic stop in November of 2010.

Reid was 17 when she was riding with friends on I-15 on their way from Sandy to Idaho. Just before they crossed the border, they girls were pulled over by deputy Scott Womack.

Reid's attorney said, "He claimed he needed to search the car and take the drivers licenses. When he did that he came back and said Tamsen had said there were heroin violations in Arizona."

Scott Womack, a deputy at the time, took Tamsen to his patrol car and left the other girls standing barefoot in the snow.

Reid's attorney explained what Reid claimed to have happened next. "[he] ordered her to take all of her clothes off, she had her bra on while he checked to see if she had piercings and tattoos."

Even though Reid claimed she'd removed her shirt, shorts and underwear for Womack, she refused to allow the deputy to check for "vaginal piercings," according to the civil suit.

At that point, Reid claims Womack backed off and released her and her friends with a speeding warning.

On Wednesday, Womack was charged by the Box Elder County Attorney's Office with Official Misconduct, a class B misdemeanor, and Custodial Misconduct of a Minor, a 3rdd Degree felony.


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