Officer takes plea deal in illegal strip search case

CREATED Apr 22, 2013 - UPDATED: Apr 22, 2013

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A Milwaukee police officer accused of illegal strip searches accepted a plea deal Monday.

Attorney Robin Shellow represents one of the men who was searched by Michael Vagnini. Shellow said on Sunday the officer is expected to plead to charges of misconduct in office and strip search violations.

The 34-year-old officer is facing 25 charges from eight strip searches and cavity searches, including sexual assault. According to state law, only medical personnel are to perform cavity searches and only after police obtain a search warrant.

The Journal Sentinel reports Vagnini accepted a plea deal Monday that would not require him to become a registered sex offender but will prevent him from continuing his law enforcement career.
Vagnini pleaded no contest to four felony charges and four misdemeanors. As part of the plea bargain, sexual assault charges were dropped. The state will recommend prison time when he is sentenced June 21.


Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,