TSA Officer Charged With Molesting Passenger at LaGuardia

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We all have to go through TSA security at the airport, but one passenger at LaGuardia claims she was molested by a TSA officer during a recent screening.

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Per ABC 7 NYA TSA screener is accused of sexually assaulting a woman at LaGuardia Airport in New York City after telling her she needed to be searched in the bathroom.

The suspect did not post $3,000 bail and was moved to jail late Friday night. Defense attorneys argued two witnesses said they saw another man, but prosecutors say the victim picked Maxie Oquendo out in a lineup.

The TSA screener is accused of using his job to lure a passenger into a bathroom at LaGuardia Airport under the guise that he needed to search her for weapons. Maxie Oquendo allegedly sexually assaulted a 21-year-old student from South Korea after her Salt Lake City flight landed Tuesday afternoon.

Court documents show the suspect allegedly said, “Hey, ma’am, I need to scan your body and your luggage.” She responded by saying, “You can’t scan me, but you can have a woman scan me, because I am a girl.”

The victim asked the 40-year-old TSA screener if he checked all passengers, and Oquendo allegedly said yes. He then allegedly lifted up her shirt, unzipped her pants and fondled her.

Saying afterwards, “She’s clear. She doesn’t have any weapons or knives.” The 40-year-old suspect’s mom says she knows her son and this just can’t be true.

“I don’t believe it. He doesn’t deal with passengers,” she said. “I just cry. What I can do? I just cry.” The TSA has terminated Oquendo. He’d been on the job for 13 years. 

Bottom Line

If this is true, this is horrible and are thoughts are with the victim.

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  1. What self-respecting new organization gets a quote from a suspect’s MOM???? Seriously? What did you think she was going to say? LOL ….

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