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Prison Guards Forced an 8-Year-Old Girl To Strip Before She Could Visit Her Father

Virginia is now suspending its strip-search policy for minors.

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An 8-year-old girl was subjected to a strip search when she visited her father in a Virginia prison over Thanksgiving weekend. Now the state is changing the policy that coerced her into the search.

The Virginia-Pilot reports that the young girl and her father's girlfriend, Diamond Peerman, went to the Buckingham Correctional Center in Dillwyn on November 24. While waiting in the visiting line, a sniffing dog trained to find contraband singled out Peerman. As a result, Peerman had to comply with a strip search. The guards initially said the young girl would not need to be stripped as well, but after consulting with their captain they reversed themselves.

If a search is refused, according to the state Department of Corrections' website, "visitation will not be authorized for that day and approval for future visits may be revoked." The Pilot also identified a policy saying that a parent or guardian who will not consent to a search of a minor can be refused entry to the facility.

Believing this was their only chance at seeing the girl's father, Peerman consented to the search. They reportedly cried. Both Peerman and the girl were then told to take their clothes off and cough in front of some female guards.

Peerman's car was also searched. Though no contraband was found, the pair was not allowed a contact visit. Instead, they could only communicate with the girl's father through glass.

The Department of Corrections' director of communications, Lisa Kinney, told the Pilot that the incident violated policy in two major ways. First: Peerman should not have been asked to consent on the girl's behalf, since she is not her legal guardian. Second: The staff member who approved the search lacked the authority to do so.

Gov. Ralph Northam today suspended all strip searches of minors visiting prisons and jails.

"I am deeply disturbed by these reports—not just as governor but as a pediatrician and a dad," he told the Pilot. "I've directed the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security to suspend this policy while the department conducts an immediate investigation and review of their procedures."

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  1. The staff member who approved the search lacked the authority to do so.

    a) And was fired immediately.
    b) Indicted for sex trafficking a minor.
    c) Given time off with pay
    or
    d) Promoted so they are now authorized to molest children

    1. None of the above. Policy was re-written to push the authority to strip-search minors to a ‘more appropriate level’ of responsibility.

      1. e) Granted qualified immunity, since they hadn’t be specifically instructed that they couldn’t strip search an eight year old without a parent’s permission, or be perverts while on duty.

  2. “I’ve directed the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security to suspend this policy while the department conducts an immediate investigation and review of their procedures.”

    The policy is so awful that you’ve told them to suspend it until they can figure out how to keep it secret.

  3. I’m shocked to actually agree with something Northam did. Small clap for my asshole governor

    1. Coonman merely suspended the policy, he didn’t prohibit it, and besides, we all know how much respect law enforcement has for these rules.

  4. Governor Ralph, do you not want Virginians to be safe?

    1. No, or he would have resigned after the blackface/moonwalking fiasco. Fortunately, Va governors can only serve a single term.

  5. The guards initially said the young girl would not need to be stripped as well, but after consulting with their captain they reversed themselves.

    Captain Pervert.

  6. How about just requiring everyone involved to be entirely naked during any strip search? You know, to show equality and empathy.

    1. Yes. And take pictures to document the whole thing. For official purposes, of course.

  7. What’s the point of be a guard if you don’t get to molest the children of inmates?

  8. This is VERY sick. These guards should be charged with child sexual abuse, convicted, then thrown in prison for a very long time. Virginians: Time to remove these “people” from power, or are you proud of these scumbags?

    1. The vagina voters are very proud of Ralphy. Who cares if he lets prison guards molest little girls, so long as he lets them throw their newborn fetuses in trash cans,

  9. No one’s talking about the obvious failure of the dog?

    1. Everyone in libertarian circles already understands what a complete farce drug dogs are.

  10. The headline should’ve read, “pedophile prison guards gain an erection while stripping eight-year-old girl naked.“ I wait for the bootlickers to respond.

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