Woman sues over Meeker County jail strip-searches

Associated Press

LITCHFIELD, Minn. — A Big Lake woman is suing Meeker County, alleging she was unreasonably strip-searched after several arrests and once required to show her pierced breasts to be photographed.

Gail Lynn Simpson’s federal lawsuit seeks more than $75,000 and changes in the county’s strip-search policy.

Simpson says she was arrested on misdemeanor charges five times from 2004 to 2007, and she was strip-searched each time. Her lawsuit says Meeker County’s policy is to strip-search all arrestees without regard to the seriousness of the charge.

The attorney representing Meeker County, Jon Iverson, says the county’s policy does allow for discretion on who is searched.

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