A woman named Charnesia Corley is speaking out after a nightmare scenario during which she says a police officer penetrated her vagina without her consent in a public parking lot.
According to ABC 13, Corley, 21, of Harris County, Texas, was running an errand for her sick mother when the cops pulled her over for allegedly running a stop sign. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office claims they smelled marijuana in her vehicle so they cuffed her, ordered her into the back of the cop car, and searched her vehicle. After the search proved fruitless, the cops claim they smelled marijuana in their own vehicle, believed it was coming from her, and ordered Corley to submit to a cavity search right there in the gas station parking lot. That’s when things got truly horrific.
From ABC 13:
“She tells me to pull my pants down. I said, ‘Ma’am, I don’t have any underwear on.’ She says, ‘Well, that doesn’t matter. Pull your pants down,’” Corley said.
She admits hesitating. Deputies say she resisted.
“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 told us candidly.
She says the police used threats of violence to get her to submit:
She throws me on the ground by her car and tells me, ‘open your legs.’ I say ‘no, I’m not gonna open my legs.’ So she says ‘well, if you don’t open ‘em, I’m gonna break ‘em.”
We have received further information regarding the identity of the HCSO Deputies involved:
- Deputy William Strong – Conducted the traffic stop and ordered the search
- Deputy Ronaldine Pierre – Female Deputy forced Corley to the ground on her stomach, forced her to remove her pants, sat on her back while her and another female officer each spread one of her legs while both conducted an intrusive body cavity search
- Deputy R. Rojas – Female Deputy who assisted Deputy Ronaldine Pierre with the cavity search
HCSO Deputy William Strong
The deputies allegedly found a small amount (.02 oz) of marijuana. Corley is being charged with possession of marijuana and resisting arrest, both of which are misdemeanors. Please note that the “resisting arrest” charge contradicts the deputies’ assertion that she consented to the public cavity search. Other than to maintain that the search was consensual, the Harris County Sheriff’s Department has not denied the story and claims that they did nothing wrong.
Corley says she feels traumatized by the incident, as anyone would after being thrown to the ground and forcibly penetrated in broad daylight:
“All I could do was lie there. I felt helpless…I feel like they sexually assaulted me. I really do. I felt disgusted, downgraded, humiliated.”
Of course, some idiots are already saying she deserved to be subjected to such an ordeal because she allegedly had a tiny amount of weed in her possession. (A plant which is already legal in some states and being rapidly decriminalized in others.) But the bill of rights explicitly guarantees freedom from cruel and unusual punishment, freedom from illegal search and seizure, and equal protection under the law. Can we really say that all of those rights were preserved for Ms. Corley? Even if they can prove she’s guilty of both misdemeanors, which they have not, does being raped in a public parking lot really constitute fair punishment?
And for everyone going “that’s not rape,” here’s the FBI’s current definition:
“Penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.”
Corley says she plans to file a complaint with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office’s Internal Affairs Division. Considering the crime they committed against her, I hope she also decides to sue them for piles of money.
At least Corley is still alive to tell her side of the story.
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