11.08.2013

The Hope Steffey Case




Although it was against the department's own policy to allow male guards to participate in the strip-search of a female in custody, no indictment of criminal wrongdoing was ever brought against the officers involved. The deputies kept their jobs as well, on the grounds that what you saw there was not actually a "strip-search" but rather a suicide prevention measure. The civil lawsuit was settled for an undisclosed amount.

The following is an excerpt from the Wiki page on the Stark County Sheriff:

During the Steffey case, it was discovered that 128 women had experienced strip search, naked isolation or related treatment between 1999 and 2007. Privacy concerns prevented the identification of these women which led Steffey's lawyers to use the billboard to encourage other women to come forward.[11] Following the bill board and media reporting on the incident, five women, including Valentina Dyshko, came forward to report similar experiences with Stark County Sheriff's personnel[12] including "Elizabeth" (a pseudonym) who was herself employed in a medium security jail. She reported being accused of suicidal behavior and strip-searched after being arrested for defending herself against inappropriate touching by a sheriff deputy during a traffic stop following a lane change without signaling. The sheriff had accused her of failing a breath test when her asthma prevented her from blowing sufficiently strongly during said breath test


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