CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A former Montgomery police officer told a woman to pull out her bra and shake her breasts during an illegal search for marijuana in her vehicle, a federal lawsuit filed earlier this week alleges.
Rachel Jett, 33, is suing the Montgomery Police Department and former officer Conrad M. Carpenter on allegations that Carpenter violated the woman's constitutional rights during a traffic stop by searching her vehicle without a warrant in 2009.
Carpenter, 31, resigned from the police department earlier this year and faces charges in Fayette County in relation to a separate incident, where he allegedly used the city's credit card to purchase fuel for a vehicle he owned.
On Oct. 26, 2009, Carpenter pulled Jett over on a traffic violation but never issued a citation, Jett's lawyer, Mike Clifford, wrote in the lawsuit.
In a search warrant affidavit filed days later, Carpenter said he stopped Jett's vehicle because he had seen the woman's passenger exit a house at 151 6th Ave, which the officer said was suspicious, the lawsuit states.
Jett's passenger admitted during the stop that Amanda Pancake, the owner of the house, had sold her drugs, Carpenter allegedly wrote in the warrant.
"That conversation never took place," Clifford told the Gazette on Thursday, "and Officer Conrad never obtained any drugs from the passenger of that car and never found any drugs in the Pancake house."
Carpenter searched Jett's car without a warrant or her consent, the lawsuit states. During the search, he allegedly ordered Jett to pull out her bra and shake out her breasts. He did not seek assistance from a female officer.
After the traffic stop, Carpenter requested a search warrant for Pancake's home and submitted it to Montgomery Mayor James Higgins, who also is a municipal judge.
In the search warrant affidavit, Carpenter falsely alleged that he had searched the car and found marijuana on Jett's passenger, the lawsuit states. Based on the reportedly false find, Higgins granted the search warrant on Pancake's home without the legal authority to do so, the lawsuit states.
Carpenter searched Pancake's home the day after Higgins granted the warrant and allegedly found a small amount of marijuana. He later charged Pancake with simple possession.