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Women sue over NM police strip search

Two women claim the search was akin to sexual assault

By Vic Vela
Albuquerque Journal

SANTA FE, N.M. — Two Santa Fe women are suing State Police for being subjected to a strip search that they claim was akin to sexual assault and battery after their arrests two years ago.

Erica Harris and Sharon Miller say they were ordered into a restroom at Department of Public Safety headquarters and were told by a female officer to "take all their clothes off."

Officer Marsha Shepard, according to the lawsuit, "proceeded to sexually assault and batter Ms. Harris and Ms. Miller under the guise of 'strip-searching' them in search of illegal narcotics." Brendan K. Egan of the Rothstein, Donatelli, et al law firm filed the complaint in state District Court in Santa Fe on Dec. 9.

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