The Citadel closes investigation of alleged strip search of former cadet

Published: Jun. 12, 2013 at 5:39 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 12, 2013 at 5:58 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Officials with The Citadel say campus police have closed their investigation into an alleged strip search of a former cadet after no evidence was found a crime was committed.

The incident happened on March 11, when a 19-year-old woman, who was a cadet at the time, went to the Citadel Police Office with a friend and an attorney and reported an incident that happened to her the previous week.

The former cadet told authorities she was strip searched at her room on campus without reason.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division was contacted to investigated the incident, but declined after SLED officials say information provided by The Citadel did not indicate a crime occurred. 

The cadet said it all started after she had just returned to her room from parade formation when a male Human Affairs cadet told her to return to her room and wait for a colonel.

During the incident a colonel asked about a smell in the room and searched the cadet's wardrobe. A report states when nothing was found, a male cadet asked what she may have on her and the colonel asked the female cadet to remove her jacket.

Authorities say the colonel and all the male cadets then left the room, since the cadet had nothing underneath her jacket. The cadet's roommate then passed the jacket outside to the colonel.

The colonel and the male cadets then went back into the room after the female cadet put on a t-shirt, a report states.

According to the cadet, the colonel said that her pants needed to be checked and he and a male cadet stood in the room as the female cadet took her pants off leaving her with her underwear, t-shirt and compression pants on.

A report states that when both the colonel and the male cadet left the room, a female cadet came in and told her to remove her compression pants and pull down her underwear.

The cadet told authorities she pulled her underwear down. According to a report, the cadet said that no one touched her during the incident.

The report states that after the female cadet pulled her underwear up and compression pants back on, the colonel came back in and said "they were just checking and that everything was clear."

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