A cop who allegedly ordered a woman to "lift her bra and shake" during a strip search has been arrested, authorities say.
Six women have come forward to accuse Floyd Berry, 49, of unlawful behaviour during strip searches carried out by the Texas deputy sheriff between November 24 and December 4, the department added.
One of the complainants, who cannot be named for legal reasons, alleges that Berry, an 18-year veteran of Bexar County Sheriff’s Office, became "sexually aroused" after he asked her to expose herself for a search, KSAT reports.
Berry was initially placed on administrative duty when the complaints first emerged but later arrested on December 3. He was charged with three counts of official oppression. His bail was set at $45,000 (£34,213,50).
He was also given a proposed termination, the department added, and Berry could be sacked if found guilty, pending an investigation by the FBI’s Public Corruption Task Force.
The department is now conducting “separate but concurrent administrative and criminal investigations” into the claims against Berry, a spokesperson said.
Bexar County's Sheriff Office internal affairs unit began investigating Berry on December 3, when a woman called to complain of Berry's behaviour, KSAT reports.
Berry conducted a traffic stop on the woman and a male friend on December 1 at a Shell gas station in San Antonio, the publication added.
A day later, another woman complained about Berry, KSAT reports, saying that he “instructed her to lift her bra and shake."
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The third complaint came from a woman he arrested for two outstanding felony warrants, KSAT states.
She told authorities that Berry stopped his patrol car in a secluded area while he was taking her to the magistrate’s office. He ordered the woman to expose herself for a search.
“Victim 3 stated she could visually see that Deputy Floyd Berry was sexually aroused,” according to an affidavit obtained by KSAT.
Berry’s arrest is the latest issue in a number of incidents that have plagued the department in recent years.
More than 40 employees have been arrested for misconduct since Sheriff Javier Salazard took office on January 1, 2017, mysanantionio reports.
Mr Salazar, who is seeking re-election, has consistently said he has zero tolerance for deputies who fail to meet agency standards. In some cases, he has arrested deputies himself.
“I made no bones about it,” Salazar said earlier this year. “If you are caught dishonoring this badge, I will make it a point to hunt you down and cut you out like a cancer.”
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