A former Box Elder County sheriff's deputy has agreed to plead guilty in federal court to two misdemeanor counts of violating civil rights for unlawful strip searches of women during a series of routine traffic stops.
A complaint filed last spring in U.S. District Court alleged Scott Womack, 37, ordered eight women to expose parts of their bodies after pulling them over on false pretexts between July and October of 2010. He faces similar charges in state court for stops made between October 2010 and July 2011. He was fired in July 2011 after one victim filed a lawsuit.
In a plea deal, Womack admitted falsely telling a woman who he stopped in October 2010 that he pulled her over on an insurance violation. After she provided proof of insurance, Womack falsely told the woman there was an outstanding warrant for her arrest. He then told the woman that if she showed him her tattoos, he could verify she was not the wanted person; otherwise, he would arrest her.