Former PHL TSA Agent Sentenced To 11 Years For Child Porn Charges

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A former TSA agent at Philadelphia International Airport will spend the next 11 years in prison after pleading guilty to child porn charges. Sentencing came Monday in federal court.

As a security screener, Thomas Gordon Jr. would be in close contact with flyers of all ages, including kids.

But Michael Levy, Assistant U.S. Attorney, says when the 46-year-old Philadelphia man was off the job, he was looking at and sharing pictures and videos the judge calls “horrific.”

“He had images of sexual victimization of children,” Levy described.

Images that added up to more than 600 on his home computer. The victims were as young as six.

Levy says Gordon admitted to sending out some of the images using Facebook and Photobucket.

“Those kinds of organizations are under a legal obligation to report what they find and they take their obligation seriously,” Levy said.

In addition to his time behind bars, Gordon will be under supervised release for the rest of his life.

Reported by Ian Bush, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  1. Bill Fisher says:

    Typical TSA employee, except that he got caught.

    In the last twelve months there have been 11 TSA screeners arrested for sex crimes, 10 of which involved children. In all, there have been 62 TSA screeners arrested this year, a rate of one very six days. This level of criminal activity is unacceptable for any Federal agency and is particularly outrageous for one charged with providing airport security.

    TSA employs 55,000 workers whose daily activities include viewing naked images of travelers and making contact with their genitals. They allow male scanner viewers to view the nude images of men, women and children and do not have privacy software on the 250 x-ray scanners installed at many major airports, including LAX, JFK, O’Hare, Orlando, Boston and Phoenix. TSA has also stated that their employees conduct pat downs on 60,000 passengers a day and make contact with genitals and breasts, including those of children, as a required component of that procedure.

    Predictably, when a Federal agency sanctions digital strip searches of women by make workers and requires its workers to rub the genitals of strangers in public many of these workers will come to consider sexual assault acceptable behavior. This culture of arrogant disregard for the privacy rights of passengers attracts those predisposed to these tendencies and erodes their workers respect for the rights of others.

    Congress must investigate this agency and institute the necessary reforms as soon as possible and TSA management held accountable for this breach of the public trust. The traveling public and airline industry can’t afford to wait while TSA gains the needed skills through a series of mistakes and crimes by their personnel.

    TSA Crimes & Abuses
    http://www.travelunderground.org/index.php?threads/317/

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