Florida TSA agent Herve Placide arrested after estranged wife found dead in van

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS – Monday, December 22, 2014, Rachelle Blidner

A Transportation Security Administration agent was arrested after his estranged wife was found dead in a parked van Monday, Florida police said. Herve Placide, 49, turned himself in soon after Magalie Placide, 52, was discovered in a Walgreens parking lot in Poinciana, Fla., early Monday, Osceola County police said.

Herve Placide is a suspect and has not yet been charged, according to WESH. Earlier, a family member called the cops to report the couple had gotten into a physical altercation at about 5:15 a.m., according to News 13. WFTVMagalie Placide, 52, was found dead inside a minivan in a Walgreens parking lot early Monday. Herve Placide then drove off with Magalie Placide, the caller told police.

The body of Magalie Placide was discovered about 45 minutes later in the store’s lot at the 300 block of Cypress Parkway. Herve Placide was arrested in 2011 for domestic violence against his wife.


Daytona Beach TSA agent accused of sexually battering child for 3 years

WESH – By Claire Metz – Feb.17, 2015

Esteban Rodriguez, 30, was booked into jail on Tuesday following a week-long investigation.

The victim, now 15 years old, told a teacher, who contacted the Florida Department of Children and Families. Then the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office was brought in to investigate the accusations.

“This individual committed unspeakable acts against a helpless victim,” Sheriff James L. Manfre said. “Our detectives worked quickly to arrest this individual and ensure the safety of the minor child.” Investigators said the victim told them Rodriguez has been sexually assaulting her for three years and forced her to watch adult pornography with him.

Rodriguez, aware he was being scrutinized, allegedly told the victim to lie. The victim said she’s very afraid of him.


BWI TSA agent Samuel Bryant arrested on sex charges

Capital Gazette – Tim Pratt, February 11, 2015

A Transportation Security Administration officer at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport was arrested last week on a child sex abuse charge.

Samuel Bryant, 40, was charged with sexual abuse of a minor, second-degree assault and a fourth-degree sex offense. Bryant is accused of inappropriately touching a 14-year-old girl on three occasions at his Brooklyn Park home on Jan. 5. The girl told a sibling about the alleged abuse on Feb. 4,and the sibling told their mother, according to charging documents.

Anne Arundel County police charged Bryant on Feb. 5. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 4.

Attorney Peter O’Neill, who is representing Bryant, said his client “vehemently denies having any improper relationship or improper touching with this young lady.”

A TSA spokeswoman said early Wednesday afternoon the agency was terminating Bryant’s employment. Bryant later updated his social media page to say he is unemployed. “These alleged crimes are egregious and intolerable,” said TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein. O’Neill called the termination “wholly inappropriate.” “That’s essentially convicting him before he has a chance to defend himself.”

Bryant was a lead transportation security officer for the TSA, according to his LinkedIn professional networking page. People in that position screen passengers, manage and train employees, and oversee the operations of TSA checkpoints, according to the TSA website.

Bryant had worked for the TSA since March 2004, according to his networking page. Before that, he worked for eight years as security manager for Simon Property Group. Prior to that, he was an electronics technician for four years, according to the networking page.

TSA Worker in Arkansas Indicted on Child Pornography Charges

Arkansas Matters – Staff February 4, 2015

A Transportation Security Administration employee has been indicted on child pornography charges. Christopher R. Thyer, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, announced that Raymond Kinney, age 54, of Jacksonville, a Transportation Security Inspector for the TSA, was indicted by a federal grand jury on February 4, 2015, on one count of distribution of child pornography.

Kinney was arrested on Wednesday, January 28, when he drove to meet two minors with whom he planned to have sex, according to online chats that were recovered from his account. A search incident to arrest revealed that Kinney had brought sex toys and children’s clothing with him.

According to the criminal complaint, this investigation began in January 2015, when undercover officers were monitoring a social networking site and encountered an individual seeking a minor for sexual contact. Through further conversations, this individual sent several pictures and videos of child pornography over the internet. They ultimately arranged a meeting at a motel, and when Raymond Kinney arrived, officers arrested him.

The indictment alleges that on or about January 27, 2015, Kinney knowingly distributed child pornography. If convicted, Kinney faces at least five but not more than twenty years of imprisonment, up to a $250,000 fine, and five years of supervised release.

The investigation was conducted by Homeland Security Investigations with substantial assistance from local task force officers. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Allison W. Bragg and Kristin Bryant.