A Texas woman has accused a sheriff's deputy from Harris County of sexual assault during a traffic stop in late June.
Charnesia Corley, 21, was driving at around 10:30 p.m. on June 21 when the deputy signaled for her to pull over for allegedly running a stop sign, reports KTRK.
The deputy, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office, smelled marijuana when he approached her vehicle, and ordered her to step out. Corley was then handcuffed and led to the patrol car.
The deputy found no marijuana after searching her vehicle for nearly an hour, but called in a female deputy to conduct a more thorough search, the Houston Chronicle reported.
"She tells me to pull my pants down," Corley recalls. "I said, 'Ma'am, I don't have any underwear on.' She says, 'Well, that doesn't matter. Pull your pants down.'"
"I bend over and she proceeds to try to force her hand inside of me. I tell her, 'Ma'am, No. You cannot do this,'" Corley said.
A deputy threw Corley to the ground in a Texaco gas station and restrained her when she stood up to object. Then, when backup arrived, each deputy separated Corley's legs to allow for the search to continue at the gas station, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Corley is now represented by attorney Sam Cammack, who plans to file a complaint with the Office's Internal Affairs Division. Cammack says the search Corley had to undergo in a public area is in violation of her civil rights.
"It's undeniable that the search is unconstitutional," he told the local news station.
Thomas Gilleland, a spokesman for the Harris County Sheriff's Office, said the deputies carried out their duties lawfully, with one of the deputies reporting that Corley allowed them to strip search her.
Corley says she did not agree for a body cavity search.
"I feel like they sexually assaulted me, I really do. I feel disgusted, downgraded, humiliated," she said.
Corley was charged with resisting arrest and for marijuana possession — the deputies say they found 0.02 ounces on her.