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Yet another TSA worker has been arrested for a child sex crime bringing the total to 18 child sex offenders arrested at TSA in the last three and a half years. TSA Inspector George Hristovski, a 54-year-old resident of Sacramento, was taken into custody after requesting nude photos for a 13 year old girl.
Since 2011 at least 141 TSA workers have been arrested including 23 arrested for sex crimes of various type with children sex crimes nearly 80% of the total. Other crimes include roughly 40 arrests for theft, 15 for smuggling drugs and guns through security and at least three for murder.
In 2013 alone were 39 TSA employees arrested including 3 for sex crimes including 1 for child pornography, 3 for smuggling, 17 for theft, 1 for murder, 2 for assault and 12 for gambling.
As usual a TSA propagandist, this time spokehole Ross Feinstein trotted out he same tired old message “TSA holds its employees to the highest ethical standards and expects all TSA employees to conduct themselves with integrity and professionalism”. This is the same lie TSA used in past sex crime including those last year linked here, here and here.
In light of recent the Congressional calls to replace TSA and Administrator John Pistole’s evident indifference or unwillingness to reduce the persistent child sex crimes by those in his agency, Congress should require his resignation as a condition of any future funding of the agency. There should also be an independent investigation of his personal habits since this problem seemingly coincided with his arrival at TSA.
An old adage posits that “‘The fish rots from the head” and TSA is perhaps the most glaring example of this phenomena in Washington.
San Francisco Chronicle – Kale Williams – August 6, 2014
A Transportation Security Administration employee from Northern California is facing federal child pornography charges after an undercover sting allegedly caught him trying to use Craigslist to solicit a sexual rendezvous with a mother and her young daughter.
George Hristovski, a 54-year-old resident of Elverta north of Sacramento, who says on LinkedIn that he joined the TSA in 2008, was arrested Monday after FBI agents raided his home. He faces charges of attempted production of child pornography and attempted enticement of a minor.
According to court records, an undercover investigator with the Placer County Sheriff’s Department found an ad in Craigslist’s “Casual Encounters” section last month that sought a mother-daughter tandem for sex. The undercover investigator began corresponding with the poster of the ad, while posing as a 30-year-old woman with a 13-year-old daughter, said a court affidavit written by FBI Special Agent Scott Schofield.
Dozens of messages
Over roughly three weeks, the investigator and the target – who went by the name “Greg” in e-mails – exchanged dozens of messages, initially through the anonymous e-mail service provided by Craigslist, but eventually with an e-mail address directly linked to Hristovski, Schofield alleged.
At one point in the investigation, Hristovski suspected something was amiss, the FBI said, and wrote, “I am trying to weed out cops, men pretending to be women and just want pics and stories.”
Hristovski allegedly sent pictures of himself to the agent, who sent pictures back of a Sheriff’s Department employee who agreed to pose as “Heather” – the mother – as part of the sting.
At Hristovski’s request, the FBI said, agents provided him with another e-mail address, this one supposedly belonging to the 13-year-old daughter, which he then used to solicit sexual information and photographs.
Based on the purported e-mail exchanges, investigators obtained warrants for records held by Craigslist and Yahoo. The records showed that the e-mail used in the exchanges belonged to Hristovski – and had been used to post sexual ads five times between July and October 2009, the FBI affidavit states.
The FBI said the Internet protocol address used to post the ads from 2009 was owned by the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the TSA, and that the picture on Hristovski’s LinkedIn profile is the same one sent in exchanges with the undercover agent.
When federal agents searched Hristovski’s home, Schofield said, Hristovski explained that if he had “actually received the photographs he would have contacted law enforcement to tell them what the 13-year-old’s mother had agreed to let her daughter do.”
He called it a fantasy
He denied any intent to engage in sexual acts with the young girl, claiming the e-mails were nothing more than a fantasy, the FBI said.
The TSA has suspended Hristovski indefinitely, and a spokesman said Wednesday the agency was in the process of firing him. “TSA holds its employees to the highest ethical standards and expects all TSA employees to conduct themselves with integrity and professionalism,” said spokesman Ross Feinstein. “These alleged crimes are egregious and intolerable.”