Woman says she was 'sexually assaulted' during traffic stop
A 21-year-old woman says that a traffic stop went too far when she was degraded and sexually assaulted in a strip search.
Charnesia Corley had just gone to the store to get something for her mother, who was sick, when a Harris County Sheriff’s deputy pulled her over, allegedly for running a stop sign.
When the deputy smelled what he believed to be marijuana, Corley was asked to step out of the car and was then handcuffed and placed in the back of the patrol car. However, no marijuana was discovered during the search of Corley’s car.
The deputy then called for a female officer, who pulled Corley out into the parking lot in order to conduct a search of Corley’s person.
“She tells me to pull my pants down. I said, ‘Ma’am, I don’t have any underwear on.’ She says, ‘Well, that doesn’t matter. Pull your pants down,'” Corley said.
Corley hesitated; deputies said she resisted.
“I bend over and she proceeds to try to force her hand inside of me. I tell her, ‘Ma’am, No. You cannot do this,'” Corley recalled, insisting that she had never consented to a search.
“I feel like they sexually assaulted me! I really do. I feel disgusted, downgraded, humiliated,” Corley said.
Now, Corley is planning to file a complaint with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office’s Internal Affairs Division.