Priest Defrocked over Sexual Abuse Now TSA Supervisor at Philadelphia International Airport

Posted on May 26, 2012 in Alphabet Agencies & Operations

Kevin Hayden –

Source: CBS

The CBS 3 I-Team has learned that a Catholic priest who was removed from the ministry over sex abuse allegations now holds a sensitive security post at Philadelphia International Airport.

Hayden’s Note:

Well, I was starting to be disappointed in the lack of absurd TSA activity over the last week or so.  I should have known, I need only wait a few days and we’d find more dirt on the wonderful Transportation Security Administration.

The security checkpoint between Terminals D and E is a busy place where thousands of people – including lots of kids – pass through every day. But you might not believe who the I-Team observed working as a TSA supervisor at that checkpoint this week: Thomas Harkins.

Until 2002, Harkins was a Catholic priest working at churches across South Jersey. But the Diocese of Camden removed him from ministry because it found he sexually abused two young girls. Now, in a new lawsuit, a third woman is claiming she also is one of Harkins’ victims.

The I-Team asked Harkins about the suit as he was leaving his shift at the airport.

“I have nothing to say,” was Harkins’ reply.

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