On Friday, Richard Brown, Queens District
Attorney reported Oquendo was arrested and
charged with second degree unlawful
imprisonment, official misconduct, third-degree
sexual abuse and second-degree harassment.
said, "The defendant is accused of an egregious
abuse of his position as a government screener
at LaGuardia Airport
to sexually victimize a young woman. Such
alleged conduct cannot, under any circumstances,
In court documents,
Oquendo allegedly said, "Hey, ma'am, I need to
scan your body and your luggage." The student
the replied "You can't scan me, but you can have
a woman scan me, because I am a girl."
The student further reported that she had asked
the TSA screener if he had checked all
passengers this way and the TSA screener replied
back "Yes". The student said the screener lifted
up her shirt, unzipped her pants and fondled her
and then the screener said "She's clear, she
doesn't have any weapons or knives." On Friday
TSA had fired Oquendo, after being on the job
for more than 13 years.
Late Friday, TSA released the following
statement: "TSA has terminated this individual.
TSA holds its employees to the highest
standards. As such, we expect our employees to
conduct themselves with integrity,
professionalism, and with respect for the public
our employees fail to meet these fundamental
ethical standards, we will hold our personnel
appropriately accountable. The vast majority of
the TSA workforce serves with honor and
integrity, and treats every passenger with
dignity and respect. TSA is working in close
partnership with the Port Authority Police
Department in support of this investigation."