Did Smeal Give Your Kid a Feel?

Today’s TSA Officer Arrest comes from the great state of Florida. The UPI is reporting TSA agent has been charged with possession of kiddie porn.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Sept. 13 (UPI) — A Transportation Security Administration agent in Florida has been charged with possessing child pornography on his home computer.

Andrew Smeal / David Albert Mitchell

Andrew Smeal, a screener at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, was arrested Tuesday at his home in Hollywood, WFOR-TV, Miami, reported. The South Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force began the investigation in February, police said.

Smeal was being held on $50,000 bail. Police said he began working for TSA about two months ago.

He allegedly admitted downloading child pornography but later changed his story and said he did not know where the porn came from.

Read the whole story here. We will update you as this case progresses. The TSA seems to have a pedophile problem!

File footage showing a TSA Officer sticking his hands down a young man’s underpants. The Officer in this photo has not been charged with any crime.

CBS Miami has some more coverage:

Andrew Smeal is facing 25 counts of possessing child pornography showing young children engaged in sexual acts.

Smeal works at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

The news came as a shock to neighbor Chris Petinaud. He said he saw police descend on Smeal’s Hollywood home Tuesday morning. Petinaud said the charges leave him disgusted.

“I had no idea,” Petinaud told CBS 4′s Carey Codd. “My children come here in the summer, playing in the back, swimming and stuff. To know that’s next door is disturbing.”

Remember folks: the most dangerous part of flying is dealing with the TSA! 318 TSA Officers have been arrested in 2011 alone.

Puddie, the Pen-Snatching TSA agent, to Face Trial for Stealing $450 Pen

Meet TSA Agent Toussain Puddie. He likes expensive pens. He likes them so much that he would steal them from the passengers he was supposed to protect.

When Broward County, Florida car dealer Rick Case learned that Puddie took his Mont Blanc pen, he made sure that the District Attorney didn’t deliver the usual slap on the wrist. The DA threw the book at Mr. Puddie, charging him with “grand theft.” (Shiny Badge is pleased Florida has DAs that care about  justice and the American Way.)

A few months ago, the Broward Palm Beach New Times ran a detailed story on how Mr. Puddie decided to commit an act of agression against a U.S. Citizen. Someone he was entrusted to protect:

He picked it up, feeling its weight in his hands, which are large and will dwarf the common throwaway Bic. It wasn’t unusual for an officer to grab a writing implement and keep it with him, and usually nobody noticed. Usually the pens didn’t cost more than a few cents. Puddie wrote the time on the sign-out sheet: “1800” in deep-blue numerals.

Then he twisted the pen closed and put it into his shirt pocket, right under his badge.

While New Times tries to paint a sympathetic portrait of this thief, we don’t fall for crocodile TSA tears at Shiny Badge. Puddie admitted to taking this Citizen’s pen.

While he initially had a (too-)generous offer to enter a plea, that offer has since been rescinded. The New Times says in an updated report:

Now Leland Garvin, Puddie’s lawyer, tells the Pulp that prosecutors informed him that their previous offer of pretrial intervention, rather than a jury trial, had been taken off the table because Puddie had taken too long to accept it.

Garvin says that he and Puddie entered a hearing last week with the intent to accept the state’s previous offer, which would have given Puddie the chance to have his record cleared if he admitted guilt, wrote a letter of apology to Case, and accepted a year of probation.

We salute Mr. Case’s unyielding persistence in bringing TSA agents who inflict terror on passengers to justice. Let’s hope that a Florida courtroom delivers true justice and sends Puddie away for a long time.