MPD Strip Search Scandal

Plea deal expected Monday for alleged strip search ringleader

CREATED Apr 22, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - A Milwaukee Police officer accused of illegal strip searches of suspects was expected to accept a plea deal Monday.

MPD officer Michael Vagnini faces 25 criminal charges involving eight alleged searches. 

He allegedly was the ringleader of illegal strip and cavity searches on men suspected of crimes.

According to court documents filed by an assistant district attorney, Vagnini pulled drivers over without legal reason, and that's when the alleged searches happened.

"The got me standing there, totally naked and handcuffed," said Joseph Mays, an alleged victim.

Vagnini reportedly admitted to conducting one of the searches, but an attorney representing one of the men accusing the officer of illegally searching him says that Vagnini is expected to take a plea deal on charges of misconduct in office and illegal strip searches, but not to sexual assault.

Because of that, he would not be required to become a registered sex offender.

Three other MPD officers also face charges in the case.

Vagnini was to appear in a Milwaukee courtroom on Monday.

The three other MPD officers charged in the case were to be tried together at a later date.

Jay Sorgi contributed to this report.