Victims of groping said to have happened at Denver International Airport in 2014 started to come forward to file charges against the perpetrators.
Two Transportation Security Administration officers, a male and a female, were already fired after being found guilty of conspiring to conduct lascivious acts against attractive male passengers. The female TSA officer admitted to manipulating screening systems for the male TSA employee to cup male passengers.
Denver Groping Scandal
According to an investigative report by CBS4, a male TSA screener was heard saying that he cups male passengers he finds attractive. To do so, he collaborated with a female screener.
“He related that when a male he finds attractive comes to be screened by the scanning machine he will alert another TSA screener to indicate to the scanning computer that the party being screened is a female. When the screener does this, the scanning machine will indicate an anomaly in the genital area and this allows (the male TSA screener) to conduct a pat-down search of that area,” a source revealed to internal documents seen by CBS4.
In a statement, a TSA spokesperson said the two screeners have already been fired.
“These alleged acts are egregious and intolerable. TSA has removed the two officers from the agency. All allegations of misconduct are thoroughly investigated by the agency. And when substantiated, employees are held accountable,” the statement reads.
Attractive victims are coming forward
Several men victimized by the groping scandal have come forward, Denver DA spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough confirmed to The Denver Post.
“We were looking at it before through the narrow lens of a sex crime — now we’re broadening our perspective. It’s possible that some other charge may be appropriate,” Kimbrough said.
All calls received by Denver DA are being forwarded to Denver police, she added.
“The media coverage may help us identify actual victims and that could make all the difference in how we go forward, but we are still in the investigative part of the process,” she added.
Meanwhile, Former TSA administrator Chad Wolf said the groping scandal may have a lasting effect. Asked by 7NEWS as to why the public should trust TSA again after the incident, Wolf said the scandal was an isolated case.
“Put this in perspective. There are two individual screeners of a workforce of about 50,000 screeners. TSA screens roughly 1.7 million passengers a day,” said Wolf.
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