Woman Claims TSA Agent Sexually Assaulted Her During Pat-Down (Video)
Jamelyn Steenhoek claims that a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agent sexually assaulted her at the Denver International Airport.
Steenhoek says that she went through a TSA checkpoint while walking her teen daughter to a departure gate on Dec. 26, 2013 (video below).
After an alarm went off at the TSA checkpoint (likely because of because of metal brads that held jewelry on her jeans), Steenhoek agreed to have her hands swabbed.
"She said that I had tested positive for explosives," Steenhoek told the New York Daily News. "And I said well, I'm trying to think of what i could have touched. I said, 'I pumped gas today, could that be it?'"
Steenhoek was then escorted into a small TSA screening room with her daughter by a female TSA agent.
“At that point she did a pretty invasive search," Steenhoek told CBS Denver. "They are just areas of the body I’m not comfortable being touched in. On the outside of my pants she cupped my crotch. I was uncomfortable with that."
“The part of the search that bothered most was the breast search," added Steenhoek. "You could tell it shouldn’t take that much groping. To me it was as extensive as an exam from my physician, full touching and grabbing in the front. I felt uncomfortable, I felt violated.”
Even though nothing illegal was found on Steenhoek, she says the female TSA agent did another search with “more touching and grabbing than the first time.”
Steenhoek complained to TSA officials, who didn't seem to take the incident seriously, so she filed criminal charges against the TSA with the Denver police.
“It’s an open and active investigation,” Denver police spokesperson Sonny Jackson told CBS Denver. “We take all complaints seriously and we are on this case as well. We have launched an investigation into it.”