Texas Women File Suit Over Roadside Strip Search

REFUGIO (June 15, 2011)--Two women are suing Refugio County and the county’s sheriff, Robert Bolcik, over what they say was a strip search conducted along a highway in plain view passing motorists.

Brittah Williams and Jessica Mascorro of Refugio filed the federal civil rights lawsuit on June 8 over Dec. 31, 2009, incident.

The suit also names a male and female deputy.

Bolcik didn't immediately comment, and County Judge Rene Mascorro and County Auditor Diana Moss declined comment Tuesday.

The Victoria Advocate reported the suit claims Mascorro's car was pulled over, Bolcik approached and said he had information that a man she dated was smuggling drugs.

The lawsuit says no drugs were found in the vehicle.

Acquaintances later told the women they witnessed the strip search as they drove by.


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