Strip search leads to charges for Mohave County detention officer

Woman allegedly taken to shed

Detention officer Shannon Correll

Detention officer Shannon Correll

A Mohave County detention officer has been fired and faces criminal charges for the unauthorized strip search of a female inmate at one of the jail's substations.

Shannon Correll of Bullhead City was arrested on one count of unlawful sexual conduct in a correctional facility and one count of false imprisonment. Sheriff's spokeswoman Trish Carter said Correll had been working as a detention officer for just over a year.

The incident occurred around 4 a.m. Aug. 4 at the Mohave Valley substation, Carter said.

The female inmate, who had been arrested on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge, said Correll directed her to an outside shed where she was then ordered to strip for a search.

No touching was alleged to have occurred, but Correll reportedly made inappropriate comments to the woman, Carter said.

Male detention officers are prohibited from strip-searching females, said Sheriff Tom Sheahan. He added that a strip search would have been inappropriate for a misdemeanor charge.

Correll appeared in court Tuesday where his bond was set at $10,000. He was served the same day with termination papers from the Sheriff's Office.