49-year-old Floyd Berry who is employed as a Sheriff’s Patrol Deputy in Bexar County was recently placed on administrative leave following outcries that several victims made to the department’s internal affairs unit, ABC News reports. An investigation was prompted by the allegations, according to a press release by the sheriff’s office.
Mr Berry had allegedly conducted unlawful strip searches on at least six women between the times of November 24 and December 4, ABC News reported authorities saying.
Mr Berry is facing three counts of official oppression charges. Authorities said Mr. Berry was arrested at around 11 p.m. on Saturday when he reported for duty at the adult detention center.
Shortly after Mr Berry was arrested, he was given administrative leave, and a proposal for him to be terminated from his position was served, the sheriff’s office says according to an ABC News report. Mr Berry has worked for the sheriff’s office since November 2001 and was given a transfer to patrol around December 2015.
The Sheriff’s Department’s public integrity unit and internal affairs unit are both separately criminally and administratively investigating the allegations against Floyd Berry.
Authorities have asked anyone who may have been a victim of Mr Berry or who has information about the investigation to contact the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office.