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Former Citadel cadet says she was strip-searched

CHARLESTON (AP) — A female cadet who has withdrawn from The Citadel has filed a complaint with campus police that she was strip-searched in her barracks room.

Jordyn Renee Jackson, 19, a freshman at the state military college, filed the complaint Monday accompanied by her attorney, Donald McCune.

Jeffery Perez, the school’s vice president of external affairs, said campus police are investigating.

“At The Citadel we treat with utmost seriousness all claims of improper treatment of cadets,” Perez said.

McCune confirmed his client has withdrawn from school but declined further comment until he has a chance to speak with her.

An incident report says a male human affairs cadet, cadets who look out for harassment and the welfare of other cadets, asked Jackson to wait in her room for a Thomas Harris after the cadet parade last Friday.

Jackson told police that Harris, 64, who works as a tactical officer in the commandant’s office, asked what she and two roommates were doing and asked about a smell. The report said he searched her wardrobe and found nothing.

The report did not mention what the smell was and school officials said federal law prevents them from commenting because it’s a disciplinary matter.

Harris ordered Jackson to remove her jacket and two male cadets and Harris left her room. She gave the jacket to her roommate which was then handed to the men outside, the report said.

Jackson was then ordered to remove her pants while the men waited outside. A female cadet then entered and had Jackson remove her compression pants and pull down her underwear. After the cadet dressed, Harris returned and said “they were just checking that everything was clear,” the report said.

Jackson said no one touched her during the incident.


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