Saturday, April 23, 2011

TSA Screener Charged With Distributing Kiddie Porn

Your tax dollars at work.
A passenger screener at Philadelphia International Airport is facing charges that he distributed more than 100 images of child pornography via Facebook, records show.

Federal agents also allege that Transportation Safety Administration Officer Thomas Gordon Jr. of Philadelphia, who routinely searched airline passengers, uploaded explicit pictures of young girls to an Internet site on which he also posted a photograph of himself in his TSA uniform.

Homeland Security agents arrested the TSA officer March 24, and he is being held without bail.

Although the case was unsealed Thursday, neither the indictment nor the news release mentioned Gordon's job searching airline passengers for TSA.

The arrest comes as TSA grapples with several other incidents involving screeners, including a YouTube video posted last week by parents angry about the pat-down their 6-year-old daughter received at an airport in New Orleans. TSA officials said the pat-down was proper; the parents said the girl was "groped."

Citing privacy rules, TSA spokeswoman Ann Davis would not say if Gordon has been suspended from his job, but noted that he had been in federal custody since his arrest.

"We can assure the public that he is no longer working at the airport," Davis said.

Gordon began working as a TSA screener at the Philadelphia airport in December 2005, Davis said. The airport has 900 screeners, she said.

If convicted of the child pornography charges, Gordon, 46, faces a minimum mandatory sentence of five years. The maximum prison term is 250 years and the top fine is $3.2 million.
So this scumbag has privacy protections, yet passengers get groped by folks like him.

According to Janet Napolitano, the patdowns of 6-year-olds are done professionally. I wonder how many little kids Gordon was feeling up?

Nice to know this information was withheld from the public for a month, huh?


Zilla said...

I won't fly or let my children fly until this horrible administration is out of power and grown ups are back in charge.

James Hlavac said...

Once again, another heterosexual government going after little girls. As are 99% of the child molesters in this nation. They all go after little girls.From every independent and government source -- only heterosexuals are abusing girls -- unless they're preachers and married men and priests, whom all claim they are hetero, and I believe them, for I don't want them mixed in with us. We're innocent. Well, then it's boys only by heteros too! -- none of whom grow up homosexual -- but only heterosexual. The entire meme is thrown out the window with stories such as this.

So why are legislatures all over this nation, including the national Congress, greeted with testimony without fact or reality, but mere accusation! --  that gay guys are child molesters? This is the aggravating part of the reality we face -- accused as a group of this horrific crime -- but not a scintilla of evidence. It's a blood libel, and time to stop it.

Look at you heterosexuals, look. And nary a gay guy in the mix. And this is my complaint -- why are we accused of this as a group without any evidence? Why?

Happy Easter, and join me now in conserving the decency of gay men, who are never part of these crimes. And stop the canards against gay men, whom are the most innocent of guys.

And you folks wonder why gay folks are pissed off? Really?

debra7 said...

The only thing that surprises me, is that this hadn't happened sooner?  Or 'has' it?

rich b said...

Hey James, I saw nothing in the article associating gay men with pedophiles. I think most intelligent folks know there is a HUGE difference. And I don't remember any government studies associating gays with pedophiles. At least not from the last fifty years or at least in my lifetime. But, I wouldn't call this guy a hetero either. He's a pedophile plain and simple and that's an entirely different thing.