SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – Another woman has filed a lawsuit against a former Box Elder County sheriff deputy.
Scott Womack was fired after he was criminally charged for eight misdemeanor counts of deprivation of rights against women. He allegedly forced the women to strip search following routine traffic stops.
And Womack is facing civil lawsuits with some of the women he’s accused of strip searching.
Holly Griffin is the latest to come forward.
"He asked me to lift up my shirt up to my bra, lift down my pants to expose my upper thighs and lift up my pants to show my lower leg," Griffin told ABC 4 News.
She says the strip search happened after she was stopped by Womack near Brigham City.
“When he returned to my car he explained that there was a warrant out for me in Summit County,” Griffin says. “II told him I had not been to Summit County in a few years and that I had never done anything wrong in my life.
According to her attorney, Womack offered Griffin two choices.
“(She) was given two options: to go to jail or to be searched for tattoos,” says Rachel Sykes.
Griffin claims she asked for a female officer but Womack allegedly told her that there was no one available.
“After I exposed myself to him basically as per his request he never issued me any citations any warnings whatsoever,” she says.
But she never filed an official complaint.
“I was living alone in Brigham City at the time so I was afraid to pursue the case any further because he had my address,” she says. “I had no idea what he would do or what actions he would take. So I basically let it go.”
This latest lawsuit is similar to other complaints filed in federal court against Womack.
We think there’s more than that (eight victims) “We think this officer was definitely by his conduct but even more so Box Elder County. We believe they knew about complaints against officer Womack.
When the Sykes law firm filed similar lawsuits against Womack Griffin took notice and came out of the closet.
“It disturbs me on so many levels that someone that we entrust to protect us from incidents exactly like this is the one perpetrating them,” she says.