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Ex-Milwwaukee cop sentenced to jail for illegal strip searches

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - A former Milwaukee police officer was sentenced Friday to 20 days in jail for his role in a series of strip searches, in which fellow officers checked body cavities for drug evidence.

Circuit Judge Jeffrey Wagner said he was punishing Jacob Knight for, "not stepping up" when his colleagues performed the illegal searches. 

Knight resigned while his case was going through the courts. He avoided a felony record by striking a plea deal. 

He pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of illegally entering a body cavity. A felony misconduct charge was dropped. 

The judge also fined Knight $300, and told him to perform 60 hours of community service. 

The main instigator of the illegal searches, former officer Michael Vagnini, was sentenced to 26 months in prison, and was fired by Milwaukee Police. 

Over a dozen strip search victims have filed civil rights' lawsuits against the city and a number of its police officers.

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