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31 January 2019
State Police launch investigation into Binghamton school incident
NEW YORK STATE POLICE
Keith M. Corlett
Director of Public Information
The New York State Police has launched an investigation, as directed by Governor Cuomo, into allegations that four 12-year old female students were strip-searched by staff at East Middle School in Binghamton on January 15, 2019.
“Given the severity of the allegations and the unrest they are causing in the community, State Police will thoroughly investigate this incident, in consultation with local authorities,” Acting State Police Superintendent Keith M. Corlett said.
The State Police team assigned to the case includes an investigator who is specially trained in interview techniques designed to assist victims in recalling details of traumatic incidents, as well as a second investigator with training and experience in dealing with child victims. The State Police investigation will be overseen by a Lieutenant from the Troop C Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
Members assigned to this case will work in consultation with the Binghamton Police Department and Broome County District Attorney.
On January 30, Governor Cuomo directed the State Police to launch an investigation and called on the State Education Department to investigate allegations that 12-year-old girls were strip searched for drugs at East Middle School in Binghamton.
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