HARRIS COUNTY, Texas (FOX 26) - Newly obtained internal documents obtained by FOX 26 strongly indicate the brutal strip search and body cavity inspection of Charneshia Corley violated a slew of clearly articulated policies that were in effect at the Harris County Sheriff's Department in June of 2015.
Under the rules, strip searches were only to be conducted in the "privacy of an appropriate facility." Corley was searched in a gas station parking lot. Officers have claimed the student's pants fell off in a struggle and remained off for at least 12 minutes.
"Every aspect of this search troubles me, every aspect of it. For them to claim her pants fell off in the struggle, I guess they are going to claim she fell right on their hand and that's how they did the body cavity search. It makes no sense," said Fox 26 legal analyst Chris Tritico.
The Sheriff's Department policy also states suspects will be searched only in the presence of same sex officers. The dash cam video shows a male deputy standing just feet away as Corley lay naked below the waist, legs pinned against her back.
In an internal affairs affidavit, Deputy Rachel Riojas admits extracting pot from within Miss Corley's genitalia.
"She clearly states from her sworn affidavit that she is certain the blunt was removed from inside her vagina," said Sam Cammack, Corley's attorney.
If so, that extraction violated the prevailing Sheriff's Department Policy which stated cavity searches must be performed only by a medical professional and only with the suspect's permission or a warrant.
Tritico's bottom-line - rule breaking across the board by HCSO at Charneshia Corley's expense.
"They violated every aspect of that policy," said Tritico.
A Harris County Sheriff's Office spokesman confirmed the authenticity of the document obtained by Fox 26 and referred additional questions to the Harris County Attorney's Office which is responding to Corley's multi-million dollar civil rights lawsuit in U.S. District Court.