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Charlotte corrections officer fired, accused of inappropriate strip search

Charlotte County Sheriff's Office investigation
Posted at 8:39 PM, Aug 17, 2022

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. — A corrections officer in Charlotte County is out of a job Wednesday after an internal investigation into an allegation of inappropriate conduct.

According to reports, Frederick Frey inappropriately conducted a strip search on an inmate who was locked in a cell back in May.

The alleged victim says another inmate was in the cell at the time and could see the search in progress. The victim also says the officer removed his own pants during the incident.

Frey was placed on administrative leave after the inmate reported the incident.

CCSO says that Frey admitted to breaking policy by locking the door, however, he denied the strip search.

The internal investigation found Frey's body-worn camera was not activated during the encounter.

Frey was previously investigated in 2020 after accidentally discharging his firearm while off-duty at a Port Charlotte business.