Tuesday, November 22, 2011

TSA employee hall of shame: 10 airport screeners accused of sex crimes

With over 65,000 employees, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration is bound to have its share of bad apples. And we’re not talking about the usual ill-tempered, power-abusing airport security officers.
No, we’re talking about criminals and hate-spewing sociopaths, according to the charges against them. Here’s a list of 10 TSA screeners charged with sex crimes, including rape and child pornography.
Remember, these are the types of people the TSA thinks are suitable for touching our children in security pat-downs at the airport.

TSA worker allegedly rapes woman after flashing badge

A TSA officer was arrested near his Manassas, Va., home for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman after he flashed his badge while wearing his work uniform.
Harold Glenn Rodman, 52, was charged Monday with aggravated sexual battery, abduction with intent to defile, forcible sodomy and object sexual penetration, according to CNN, Fox News and WJLA. Rodman worked at Dulles International Airport outside Washington, D.C.

Former TSA agent sentenced to prison on child porn charges

A former TSA agent at Philadelphia International Airport was sentenced to 11 years in prison Monday on child porn possession and distribution charges.
As an airport security screener, the 46-year-old defendant, Thomas Gordon Jr., was in close contact with flyers of all ages, including kids, according to the CBS affiliate in Philadelphia. (Also see article by the Daily Mail.)

TSA officer busted on child porn charges

An Orange County, Fla., man was charged Nov. 1 with possession and distribution of child pornography while working as a TSA officer at Orlando International Airport.
The suspect, Paul David Rains, 62, was arrested after a search warrant was executed at his home, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Md. TSA agent charged with child porn

A TSA officer was charged Oct. 10 with possession and distribution of child porn after police searched his Perry Hall, Md., home.
The suspect was identified as Michael Scott Wilson, 41, according to Baltimore TV station WBAL.

TSA officer arrested for lewdness with a child

A TSA officer was arrested Aug. 24 on six counts of lewdness with a child.
David Ralph Anderson, 61, of Spring Creek, Nev., was accused of having sexual contact with a girl younger than 14, according to the Elko Daily Free Press.

Former TSA employee charged with sexual assault

A TSA employee who worked at Manchester Boston Regional Airport was arrested March 18 on five counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault, the Eagle Tribune of North Andover, Mass., reported.
Dwayne Valerio, 44, was accused of victimizing a juvenile.

Ex-TSA agent charged with child porn possession

A former TSA employee was arrested on charges of possessing child porn after a search of his Beverly, Mass., home last December.
Andrew W. Cheever, 33, faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted, according to Fox News in Boston.

TSA worker accused of kidnapping, rape

Police say a TSA employee kidnapped a young woman in Atlanta, took her to his Hogansville, Ga., home and sexually assaulted her on Nov. 17, 2010.
Randall Scott King, 49, attempted suicide after the incident, according to CNN and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
King worked as a behavior detection officer for the TSA at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

TSA worker accused of raping 14-year-old girl

A TSA worker at Logan International Airport was arrested on charges of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl, Boston’s WHDH reported March 9, 2010.
The suspect was identified as Sean Shanahan, 45, of Winthrop, Mass.

TSA agent tried to keep girl as sex slave, police say

A TSA agent was charged with lewd and lascivious molestation of a minor after police say he tried to keep a juvenile girl as a sex slave.
Charles Bennett, 57, of Winter Garden, Fla., was arrested on Jan. 29, 2010, according to Fox News in Orlando.

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