SALT LAKE CITY -- The federal criminal trial of a fired Box Elder County Sheriff's deputy accused of checking women for tattoos has been postponed.
A five-day trial had been scheduled to begin Monday in federal court in Salt Lake City for Scott Womack on charges of denying the constitutional rights of eight women by coercing them into disrobing in 2010 while he was a Box Elder deputy sheriff.
The trial was scheduled before a magistrate judge, who hear misdemeanors. But Womack has asked for trial before a district judge, so the case will need to be reassigned, said Melody Rydalch, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office for Utah. The incidents were investigated by the FBI.
Womack is charged in four different state courts as well, those cases pending without a trial date. Womack told the women he had to inspect them for identifying tattoos to make sure they weren't the woman of the same name in warrants he claimed he held, according to the charges. Three women have also filed a civil lawsuit against him and the county in federal court.