SLED declines request to investigate Citadel strip search incident

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCIV) - The State Law Enforcement Division has declined stepping in to investigate an alleged strip search investigation involving a Citadel cadet and a corporal.

SLED officials said Thursday afternoon that information provided by the school did not reveal evidence of a crime. SLED did tell the school that the agency would reconsider if new evidence was uncovered that rose to the level of a criminal act.

The cadet, 19-year-old Jordyn Renee Jackson, filed a complaint on March 11. The Citadel said in a statement that Jackson was no longer a student, adding that an internal investigation was taking place.

"At The Citadel we treat with the utmost seriousness all claims of improper treatment of cadets.{} The investigation into allegations made by a former cadet, Jordyn Jackson, was begun by the college's Office of Public Safety," said Vice President of External Affairs Dr. Jeffrey Perez.

Perez added that no one named in the campus police report had been arrested.

Jackson told campus police that she called the mother of a classmate, seeking a place to stay off campus after the incident, according to the report.