Transgender woman sues over strip search at Missouri jail

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A transgender woman is suing the Greene County sheriff and three jailers after she says her civil rights were violated during a strip search.

The lawsuit says the woman, identified as J.G., was booked into the Greene County Jail on a 24-hour hold and a female member jail staff member performed a strip search before assigning J.G. to a cell in the jail’s female section, where she spent the night.

The lawsuit alleges the arresting officer questioned the next day why J.G. was being held in the female wing of the jail, and another strip search was conducted, observed by a male and female jailer. Once identified as transgender, the woman says she was placed in protective custody and isolated from the other inmates.

According to the lawsuit, the second strip search “was conducted solely for the purpose of sexing her like a baby chick on an assembly line.”

The lawsuit said J.G.’s genitals were visible during both strip searches.

An attorney for the sheriff and jailers says no constitutional violations occurred and that J.G. did not suffer any damages, The Springfield News-Leader ( ) reports.

The lawsuit does not ask for specific damages.