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Article posted Oct 02 2012, 10:55 AM Category: Big Brother/Orwellian Source: The Raw Story Print

TSA hired priest accused of molesting girls to do pat downs

By David Edwards

The Transportation and Security Administration (TSA) didn’t bother to do a background check on a priest who had been defrocked for molesting girls before they gave him a job, which included doing pat downs on children at Philadelphia International Airport.

The Philadelphia Inquirer on Monday reported that the agency confirmed that 65-year-old Thomas Harkins had been forced out of the priesthood over allegations that he had sexually abused two grade-school girls.

But the TSA took no actions because “[a]n allegation alone does not warrant dismissal or automatically disqualify applicants from employment with the TSA,” spokesperson Ann Davis told the Inquirer.

[...]Harkins has since been promoted from the TSA job that required him to pat down children and now oversees screening operations for checked baggage.

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Posted: Oct 02 2012, 11:13 AM

2430 Just as in Stripes: never convicted.

Posted: Oct 02 2012, 11:01 PM

that headline is redundant, only need to read: "TSA hired priest"

(this is what happens when people refuse to go to church - government will get to you somehow)

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