The sheriff’s office said they have not found any instances where female employees at the Lake County Courthouse were asked to remove their blouses at a security checkpoint.
A CBS 2 report prompted the investigation after multiple female employees who work at the courthouse claimed a security contractor asked them to remove their button-down blouses as they went through the metal detectors.
Chicago-based Monterrey Security is contracted for security at the Lake County Circuit Courthouse in Waukegan.
Lake County Sheriff Chief of Staff Anthony Vega said the complaints stemmed from one entry point “out of many” that Monterrey Security oversees.
On Saturday, Vega told Lake and McHenry County Scanner in an update that the sheriff’s office went through surveillance footage from that entry point.
Multiple staff and a command officer reviewed hours of footage from multiple angles, Vega said, adding that footage from another entry point was also reviewed.
No instance was found substantiating the allegations.
Vega said that the complaints were never directly reported to the sheriff’s office, only the news media.
“We hope that in the future any person who has concerns or questions about the screening process reaches out through the appropriate channels so that we can adequately address them in partnership,” Vega said.
The sheriff’s office said they have worked with Monterrey Security leadership to ensure they understand and are trained in protocols.
Vega also said that county department heads have been notified about clarified screening guidance so they could communicate with their staff.