TSA Hired Accused Child Molester Priest To Do Airport Pat Downs

Presumably in his application cover letter, he explained how his skills from one job pertained to the other. Via Philly.com:

About four months after being defrocked by the Diocese of Camden in 2002, Thomas Harkins had a new job as a security officer, including patting down passengers, with the Transportation Security Administration at Philadelphia International Airport.

The TSA hired the former priest before completing a background check, the agency recently confirmed. According to a church document, the diocese revealed to the TSA in 2003 as part of the background check that Harkins had been removed from ministry because of allegations he had molested two grade-school girls. Harkins was never criminally prosecuted, but the diocese settled civil lawsuits for $195,000.

The TSA took no action as a result of the disclosure. “An allegation alone does not warrant dismissal or automatically disqualify applicants from employment with the TSA,” spokeswoman Ann Davis said.

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  • Guido Sarducci

    Who better to identify all the cavities a 10 year old boy could hide contraband?

  • Guido Sarducci

    Who better to identify all the cavities a 10 year old boy could hide contraband?

    • I_abide

      Tell me Father Guido, if I laugh at this am I going to hell?

      • Guido Sarducci

        Yes, but only nerds go to Heaven.

  • alizardx

    Just another player in the security theater we pay for, because the Feds aren’t interested in buying real security with our tax dollars. Though I don’t feel either entertained or more secure because of the existence of TSA.

  • Apathesis

    Despicable.

  • Shitstain

    Amicable for it is in the City of Brotherly Love after all…

  • Shitstain

    Amicable for it is in the City of Brotherly Love after all…

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