Boston TSA screener charged with distributing child porn
TSA agent Joe Saldano was among 55 men taken into custody in a crackdown on child pornography this week, adding another name to the long list of accused sex offenders who have performed security duties at America's airports.
According to the Boston Herald
, Saldano, 59, and the other men charged in this case were targeted by Operation Corral, a law enforcement program started in January to track the distribution and transfer of child pornography through file-sharing sites.
Massachusetts state police colonel Marian McGovern underscored the inconspicuous nature of these sex crimes at a press conference announcing the raids, as reported by the Huffington Post
"These people are your neighbors," McGovern said. "These people look just like everyone else, and they're doing these things under the cover of their own homes."
Unfortunately, incidents like these involving the TSA are becoming commonplace. The following is a list of just some of the cases in which TSA employees have been charged with sex crimes over the last two years:
Boston TSA employee Sean Shanahan accused of raping 14-year-old girl
(source: WHDH News 7)
TSA agent and Federal Air Marshall Lecheton Settles charged with using badge and gun in first-degree rape
(source: WALB News 10)
Georgia TSA worker Randall King charged with kidnapping, sexual assault
(source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Philadelphia TSA screener Thomas Gordon Jr. accused of distributing over 100 images of child pornography
via Facebook (source: Philadelphia Inquirer)
Maryland TSA agent Michael Scott Wilson charged with possession and distribution of child porn
(source: ABC 2 News)
Boston TSA employee Harold Glen Rodman allegedly sexually assaulted woman
after appearing in his uniform and displaying his badge to her (source: ABC 7 News)
Washington, D.C. TSA manager Bryant Jermaine Livingston arrested, charged with running prostitution ring
(source: Fox 5 News)
The most disturbing aspect of these incidents is that TSA agents are routinely tasked with touching the genital areas of children as part of "enhanced pat-downs" and required to examine nude images of children taken by full-body scanners. In some cases, the appalling sexual activity these agents are accused of committing outside of airports is similar to what they are ordered to do at security checkpoints.