Tattoo-checking ex-deputy pleads guilty to civil rights violations

May 30 2013 - 5:31am

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Scott R. Womack
Scott R. Womack

SALT LAKE CITY -- A former Box Elder County deputy has pleaded guilty in federal court to a pair of civil rights violations, admitting that he coerced two women into partially disrobing during traffic stops in 2010.

Scott R. Womack entered the pleas May 22 in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City. He faces up to a year in prison for each count when sentenced June 20.

Womack admitted in a guilty-plea statement that he deprived two women of their Constitutional rights to be free from unreasonable searches by requiring them to expose parts of their bodies during traffic stops in July and October 2010.

Womack is accused in state and federal court of coercing as many as eight women during traffic stops in 2010 to partially disrobe on the pretext of checking them for tattoos tied to nonexistent warrants. He was fired as a result of the Box Elder County Sheriff's Office's investigation of complaints.

In each of the traffic stops in remote parts of Box Elder County, Womack claimed to have a warrant, typically alleging drug charges, with the woman's name on it, according to court records. The victims would then partially disrobe to prove to Womack they didn't have tattoos described in the nonexistent warrants.

Womack pleaded no contest in Box Elder District Court in February to one count of attempted custodial sexual misconduct and two counts of custodial sexual misconduct. He is scheduled to be sentenced June 12 on the state charges.

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