The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is making headlines again. Increasingly the agency has been criticized for many actions, and now alleged off-duty sex crimes have been added to the list.
In this case, the accused work at Dulles International Airport, located in Northern Virginia, just outside Washington D.C.
According to writer Sommer Gentry on TSA News, a blog that describes itself as covering news on the Transportation Security Administration, recently two TSA employees have been arrested for sex-related crimes. Gentry notes she has had a negative encounter with TSA agents at Dulles.
TSA News blog notes one TSA agent working out of Dulles International Airport, Harold Rodman, was charged with aggravated sexual battery, object sexual penetration, forcible sodomy, and abduction with intent to defile.
According to ABC News 7, this incident occurred in Nov. 2011 when the 52-year-old employee was arrested. He is accused of wearing his uniform and showing a badge to the 37-year-old victim before allegedly assaulting her.
Gentry goes on to describe another more recent sex-crime arrest story unfolding in the D.C. Metro area involving another Dulles-based TSA agent. According to the Washington Post, this alleged sex-crime occurred in nearby Silver Spring, Md.
Police say the suspect, Bryant Livingston, a TSA security manager at Dulles, was allegedly arranging group sex encounters at a hotel in Silver Spring, for a fee.
The Washington Post reported Montgomery Police charged Livingston with five counts of running a prostitution scheme. Reportedly, police had been called and asked to investigate room 506 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. When authorities arrived to the room the night of Feb. 15, they found 11 people inside, either naked or attempting to get dressed, after Livingston permitted them to enter.
Officer Paris Capalupo, one of the responding officers, said the hotel manager had said men were gathering in the lobby, and this was not the first instance, and she had become suspicious. The Post reported, "By mid-February, she “became suspicious because this behavior is not typical of Crowne Plaza Hotel guests,” Capalupo wrote in an arrest affidavit."
Livingston had paid for the room in cash, according to arrest records. He claims he is innocent of these charges and that this was a swingers gathering, but police say one man told them he paid $100. Local Fox News affiliate reported, "one of the men in the room told Montgomery County police that, "he paid Livingston $100 to enter the hotel room to engage in sexual activities."
The TSA has let Livingston go from his job as this is allegedly the second run-in with the law on this type of incident; media reports say a similar complaint had been filed in 2009. Livingston also claims the TSA has a "vendetta" against him for a racial discrimination complaint to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, reported the Post.
On Wed. the agency released a statement (courtesy of WTOP News) "TSA cooperated fully with law enforcement during their investigation into this matter. The alleged off duty conduct of this individual is unacceptable and in no way reflect the integrity and professionalism of the more than 50,000 security officers who strive every day to ensure the security of the traveling public."
A Montgomery County police statement reported this investigation is ongoing.
In the case of the other employee, CNN reported the TSA removed Rodman from security operations pending the investigation.