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Police: Mom In Education Case Was Not Strip-Searched

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(Photo: Stephanie Reitz/AP Photo)

(Photo: Stephanie Reitz/AP Photo)

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NORWALK, Conn. (AP) _ Norwalk police are denying a claim that officers strip-searched a 33-year-old homeless woman accused of illegally enrolling her son in the city’s schools.

Norwalk Police Chief Harry Rilling and Tanya McDowell’s attorney planned to meet Thursday to review video of McDowell’s arrest and booking on April 14.

The Connecticut NAACP alleges officers strip-searched McDowell during that arrest. Chief Harry Rilling rejected the allegation Thursday, saying the booking was handled properly and that he stands behind his officers.

McDowell was charged with larceny for allegedly stealing $15,686 in educational services from Norwalk by enrolling her son in a local elementary school under her baby sitter’s address.

Authorities say she never told them she was homeless and that the kindergartener should have been enrolled in Bridgeport, their last permanent address.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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