We’re way too soft on criminal TSA Officers. This convicted criminal gets off with probation, despite the fact that he endangered the traveling public by not properly protecting our ports.
A SUSPENDED training instructor with the Transportation Security Administration who worked at Philadelphia International Airport was sentenced late Wednesday in federal district court to four years’ probation in connection with taking a $200 bribe from a TSA officer in 2011.
Shannon Gilliam, 30, of Sharon Hill, was also ordered to serve the first six months of probation under house arrest with an ankle bracelet and perform 300 hours of community service. He pleaded guilty to a single count of bribery in February.
Instead of being in prison, he gets to live at home with a simple ankle bracelet. His disgusting criminal-coddling defense attorney argued that Mr. Gilliam was simply “depressed” and committed a “situational crime”.
An officer identified as “R.R.” failed the exam twice, the government’s plea memo said, and Gilliam took him outside the testing room and said he would take the test for him in exchange for $200. Defense attorney Robert Datner said in a sentencing memo that Gilliam had taken tests for other TSA workers, and had received a total of $1,000 in payoffs.
The defense attorney said Gilliam, who suffers from depression and was in financial difficulty at the time he accepted the money, had committed a “situational crime” in taking a test for a limited number of co-workers for the purpose of passing a test.
It’s a terrible shame that TSA Officer-Criminals can do whatever they like, while We, the People suffer.