Over 50 women and children sue West Virginia state police for secretly recording them in police academy locker room

A group of women and children are planning to sue the West Virginia state police for privacy violations that include allegations troopers peeped at nearly a dozen young girls in locker rooms, Northcentral PA reported.

In a letter to interim state police Superintendent, Col. Jack Chambers, attorney Teresa Toriseva said that 42 women, including 10 minors will be filing lawsuits in regards to allegations of hidden cameras inside the female locker room at the State Police Academy.

“All of these women were victims of a civil conspiracy perpetrated by instructors, staff and leadership at the West Virginia State Police Academy,” the letter states. “Accordingly, these women will bring suit seeking all available damages under the law.”

“Our ongoing investigation shows rampant sexual misconduct, including hidden videotaping, toward female cadets and others, while they attended the Academy,” Toriseva told 7News. “Much of the conduct is through witness provided evidence.”

The secret cameras were apparently operating in the locker room until the Junior Trooper Program was discontinued in 2020.

Toriseva’s investigation alleges widespread sexual misconduct, including hidden cameras secretly recording female cadets and others.

State Police Superintendent Jan Cahill resigned on March 20 as a result of the allegations.

In a statement back in April, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice called the allegations a violation of women’s rights, saying a women’s locker room should be considered a “safe place.”

”We don’t need to turn our back on the whole because the bad actors are the few. We need to do our job to develop a real confidence that the people are satisfied that we did our job. But we don’t ever need to forget who brought us to the dance too and I say that in slang, but we owe a lot of gratitude to our state police,” Justice told 7News.

Sky Palma

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