TSA Officer Accused of Molesting Passenger
Police say he lured her into a bathroom at LaGuardia
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 28, 2015 4:44 PM CDT
In this Nov. 23, 2010 file photo, travelers make their way through a security checkpoint at LaGuardia Airport in New York.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

(Newser) – A Transportation Security Administration officer has been arrested after police say he molested a female passenger after luring her into a bathroom at LaGuardia Airport. A Port Authority police spokesman says 40-year-old Maxie Oquendo was arrested last night. Prosecutors say Oquendo approached the 21-year-old woman on Tuesday as she was coming off a flight from Salt Lake City and told her she needed to undergo a "secondary security screening." Authorities say the woman was brought to a bathroom, told to raise her arms, and was then molested. Oquendo was arrested on unlawful imprisonment, sexual abuse, and other charges. The TSA says he was also fired.