Attorney Acknowledges Woman Was Not Strip-Searched

NORWALK, Conn. (AP) _ The attorney for a homeless Connecticut woman charged with illegally enrolling her child in the wrong school district says she was not strip-searched during her arrest, contrary to earlier claims.

Darnell Crosland says he visited Norwalk police Thursday to view a video of Tanya McDowell’s arrest on April 14.

He says the footage revealed no cavity search, contrary to allegations this week by the president of the Connecticut NAACP, which appointed Crosland on McDowell’s behalf. Norwalk Police Chief Harry Rilling called the meeting cordial, saying he wanted to dispel misinformation about his officers’ actions.

McDowell, formerly of Bridgeport, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree larceny.

Prosecutors allege she stole $15,686 of educational services from Norwalk by claiming her baby sitter was her son’s guardian, enrolling him using the woman’s address.

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


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