4 MPD officers plead not guilty to charges in strip search scandal

CREATED Nov. 15, 2012 - UPDATED: Nov. 15, 2012

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MILWAUKEE - Four Milwaukee police officers charged in the strip search scandal have pleaded not guilty to various charges.

Officer Michael Vagnini faces accusations of conducting illegal body cavity searches.  His co-defendants, Officers Jacob Knight, Jeffrey Dollhopf and Brian Kozelek are charged with misconduct.  They only spoke when the judged asked if they agreed with going to trial.

Attorney Jonathan Safran represents three victims.  He expects many motions to be filed before the trial starts in April.

"Right now my clients are most concerned at this point with those who are responsible being held accountable," says Safran.  "There will certainly be things that will be argued in regards to maybe even changing venues where the case occurs."

The attorneys for the officers did not answer any questions as they left the courthouse.  So after a seven-month investigation this case goes to trial in five months.