TSA screener locks young woman in bathroom to sexually assault herBy Mason White 8:54 AM September 4, 2015
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By: Wayne Morin
(Scroll down for video) A Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screener was arrested on a charge of sexual abuse after allegedly locking a young woman in a bathroom in order to touch her inappropriately, police in New York said.
The New York Police Department said that they have arrested 40-year-old Maxie Oquendo of Manhattan, after being accused of giving the young woman a pat down in a toilet for sexual gratification.
The incident occurred earlier this week when the victim arrived at LaGuardia Airport from Salt Lake City, Utah.
“The defendant is accused of an egregious abuse of his position
as a government screener at LaGuardia Airport to sexually victimize a young woman,” Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said.
Oquendo was charged with second-degree unlawful imprisonment, official misconduct, third-degree sexual abuse and second-degree harassment.
If convicted, the defendant faces up to one year in jail.
According to the police investigation, the 21-year-old female college student was exiting LaGuardia Airport after her Salt Lake City flight landed on Tuesday.
Oquendo approached her in Terminal B after she had walked out of the sterile checkpoint area and into an area where passengers do not need to be screened.
Oquendo told her that he had to scan her body and luggage.
Oquendo motioned with his hand for the female victim to follow him to a bathroom, where they waited outside for approximately ten minutes before entering the bathroom.
Inside, the victim stated to Oquendo that a woman should conduct the search. Oquendo ignored her request. Oquendo had her lift up her shirt and unzip her pants.
He then touched her breasts and other areas of her body.
Oquendo told her that he was not going to check her luggage.
Oquendo was booked into jail, and his bail was set at $3,000.