A veteran sheriff’s deputy in Texas has been arrested after being accused of illegally strip searching six women in under two weeks.
Floyd Berry, an 18-year veteran of Bexar County Sheriff’s Office, was arrested after the women accused him of misconduct in an 11-day stretch from Nov. 24-Dec. 4., the department said. The women ranged in ages from 26-52, and multiple victims reported being separated from male companions, forced into the back of a police car, taken to a secluded wooded area, and then being told to strip. Another victim noted that Berry was visibly aroused during the search. Berry never documented any of the searches in his official paperwork.
He was initially placed on administrative duty as the department’s Internal Affairs Unit investigated the complaints along with the FBI’s Public Corruption Task Force, the sheriff’s department said in a release.
He was arrested Saturday when he arrived for duty at Bexar’s Adult Detention Center and charged with three counts of official oppression, which are Class A misdemeanors. His bail was set at $45,000.
He was also given a proposed termination, the department said of the move that is tantamount to being fired.
The department is now conducting “separate but concurrent administrative and criminal investigations” into the claims against him, a spokesperson said.