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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
TSA Officer Accused of Molesting Passenger
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. (Read more Transportation Security Administration stories.)

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