Unfortunately today we learned of yet another TSA worker, this time a TSA Supervisor who oversees checkpoint screeners and often selects travelers for pat downs and “enhanced” back room searches.
So far this year there have been six TSA workers arrested or convicted for crimes, two complaints of unlawful strip searches by TSA, handicapped travelers wrongfully denied boarding and one charge of sexual assault against a TSA screener.
This now makes In the second sex crime by a TSA worker this year and 22 arrested for sex crimes in the last three years including 17 involving children.
Every time people sheepishly comply with TSA security or excuse TSA groping children or strip searching a grandmother they hand another victory to Bin Laden and Al Qaeda. There is no doubt that there needs to be airline security but TSA is not the answer. This should be administered by FAA and staffed by real law enforcement that is already in airports, not criminals with mall cop badges.
TSA Administrator John Pistole is responsible for molesting more children than Jerry Sandusky and should be prosecuted for allowing this agency to degenerate into a collection of thugs, pedophiles, perverts and thieves.
NEW YORK (WABC) — A TSA Supervisor was arrested at Kennedy Airport accused of setting up a meeting in the Dominican Republic to engage in sexual activity with minors.
Vernon Lythcott was arraigned Friday afternoon in federal court. A judge set bail at $250,000.
He works as a TSA screening supervisor.
He’s being charged with elicit sexual conduct with a minor in a foreign country and faces up to 30 years in prison. Prosecutors allege Lythcott engaged in sex acts with two 15-year-old girls during a January trip to the Dominican Republic. According to the criminal complaint, Lythcott used the help of a Dominican man to lure the teens from the beach into a van, promising them money and gifts.
He’s accused of having sex with both girls several times.
At one point in a hotel, Lythcott and two other men forced one of the girls in a room where they all sexually assaulted her. The victims say Lythcott paid them $80.
Friday morning at JFK, federal agents arrested Lythcott who works as a TSA supervisor.
He was on the jetway trying to board a flight back to the Dominican Republic.
Law enforcement sources tell Eyewitness News Lythcott’s arrest is part of a larger crackdown on child exploitation. “I think the lesson people take out of this is the exploitation of children, where it is people trying to get children to pose in sexually explicit photos or traveling for the purpose of exploiting children overseas head reached epidemic proportions in this country,” said James Hayes, Special Agent in charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations.
Agents say they found pictures of the victims on Lythcott’s cell phone. He admitted to investigators he had sex with the girls but claims he thought they were older. He also admitted to traveling to the Dominican Republic numerous times using the help of a local to find girls to have sex with.
He says this happened 45 times but claims all the girls were older than 18.