TSA the Employer of Last Resort for Sex Offenders?

One might think that a Catholic priest removed from his position for sexually abusing children might find it difficult to find gainful employment. And one might think that this is a good thing—especially that he find it difficult to find employment involving intimate contact with children.

But the Transportation Security Administration apparently thinks differently.

Former Catholic priest Thomas Harkins was removed from the ministry in 2002 because he was found to have abused two young girls. He is now facing a new lawsuit involving a third girl, accusing him of “sexually abusing an 11-year-old girl 10 to 15 times in 1980 and 1981.”

Yet the former Father Harkins is now employed by the TSA, and was found working at a TSA checkpoint just last week:

Flyers beware.

Mary L. G. Theroux is Senior Vice President of the Independent Institute. Having received her A.B. in economics from Stanford University, she is Managing Director of Lightning Ventures, L.P., a San Francisco Bay Area investment firm, former Chairman of the Board of Advisors for the Salvation Army of both San Francisco and Alameda County, and Vice President of the C.S. Lewis Society of California.
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