Arrested TSA Employee Miama AFSD Juan Garcia exposed as ex-cop fired for soliticing sex[MIA]

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Elizabeth Conley, Dec 11, 2012.

  1. Elizabeth Conley

    Elizabeth Conley Original Member

    http://www.miaminewtimes.com/2012-1...-garcia-fired-from-mpd-for-trying-to-buy-sex/

    Sorry I can't go all Chatty Cathy over this. I'm still working on my nausea. I'll post more remarks later.
     
  2. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    In other words, the TSA is perfectly happy to call anyone an officer when any other agency refers to them with "conduct unbecoming an officer." No surprise, there.
     
  3. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

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  4. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Seems no legal charges were filed. Jumping ship let the department close the books on the guy quietly. Apparently the background check did not question former employers or associates. Given that this level of TSA employee needs a security clearance make me wonder just who and how these clearances are being done. I know that I was investigated from childhood to current day before I received a TS clearance.
     
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  5. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    Allegedly, he disclosed his past history to the TSA and it was o.k. by them 'cause no charges were filed. :td:
     
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  6. Elizabeth Conley

    Elizabeth Conley Original Member

    No charges were filed. That's what's so alarming about the double-standard, one for "officers", the other for mundanes. The former "officer" was a shoo in for leadership in the TSA. Would this have been the case if he'd been charged and found guilty? I wonder.

    There's more than one disturbing angle here.
     
  7. RB

    RB Founding Member

    All he had to disclose is that he voluntarily left his previous job. Unless an effective, and this is TSA we are talking about so effective is out, background check is done this kind of thing will get through. Just like the TSA pedophile TSM in Philly.
     
  8. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Not correct. This is what the Miami New Times article said:

    The usual process, very common for first-time offenders, is that if you complete your diversion program and stay of trouble for N months, the charges are dropped and the record is expunged.
     
  9. Elizabeth Conley

    Elizabeth Conley Original Member

    Hmm. When you put it like that it doesn't seem so bad. Thanks for the new perspective Mike.
     
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  11. TravelnMedic

    TravelnMedic Original Member

    Umm stuff like that should have been a "No Go" for a S clearence or higher. For mine they went so far as to call my pre K and kindergarton teachers and even found someone I havent talked to in 20+ years who had fallen off the face of the planet.

    Criminal charges swept under the rug...anyone else would have gotten the book thrown at them. Typical shody CBC by TSA, and confirms they troll for and actively recruit these types.
     
  12. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    My guess is that this is the same incident. The surname is very common in Miami, but adding the TSA employee status and recency is a pretty unlikely coincidence.
     
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  14. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    No, they are not they same. I've forwarded the JailBase tip to the reporter who did the Miami New Times article on Juan Garcia.
     
  15. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    From the viewpoint of the court, no. Any records that remain are sealed.

    That would not affect any personnel or internal affairs files that the Miami PD might have, and it certainly won't prevent the media from reporting on it to extent that they can still research it. The court records won't be available, but other sources obviously remain.
     
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    Several months ago, we reported on the firings of two men from the Dulles Airport TSA staff. These firings came after police charged the TSA employees with various crimes of sexual misconduct.​
    It seems the TSA still hasn’t fixed its pervasive problem of hiring men who objectify and abuse women. The Miami New Times reports that Juan Garcia, the Assistant Federal Screening Director for Miami Airport, has a history of soliciting prostitutes.​
    Garcia was forced to resign from the Miami Police Department in 2000 after he offered an undercover officer $60 for a “(expletive deleted) and a suck.” We apologize for the language, but we think passengers should know what kind of men the TSA is hiring. These charges against Garcia were sustained in the Miami Police Department’s Internal Affairs investigation.
    The TSA hired the fired cop and promoted him to a position of power and authority even though they were aware of his actions. A TSA spokeswoman confirmed that the incident was disclosed on Garcia’s application to the agency.
    TSA employees, of course, began their systematic sexual aggression against passengers long after the TSA hired a man who thinks a few dollars should entitle him to use a woman’s body. Garcia was hired before TSA employees started touching the genitalia of innocent travelers, before the TSA began displaying the nude bodies of women and girls to male screeners in back rooms.
    There is no excuse for granting men with such ugly attitudes toward women the power to abuse passengers. Many travelers have reported feeling sexually exploited at checkpoints: by the selection process for body scanners, by male screeners who gawk at patdowns, by misogynistic and inappropriate comments that screeners make, or by the “accidental” exposure of their anatomy.
    That airport screening is sexually humiliating and degrading is taken by many people as a given, as a fact of life. The least the TSA can do is to stop hiring and promoting criminal sexual abusers in its workforce.
    (Photo: zoetnet/Flickr Creative Commons)
     
  17. FliesWay2Much

    FliesWay2Much Original Member

    There is a section on the SF-86 form (used for a real security clearance - not SSI) in which you have to disclose if you were ever arrested, regardless of the outcome. I'll quote chapter and verse tomorrow. He could pencil whip his way around resigning from the PD. If he failed to document his arrest on his SF-86, that's a crime as well.
     
  18. Elizabeth Conley

    Elizabeth Conley Original Member

    I'm of two minds about this. I've never believed prostitution should be illegal. I think pimping should be illegal, as should any form of abuse or exploitation of sex workers, but I don't think prostitution should be illegal. It's honest work. If prostitution were legal, it would be easier to protect sex workers from abuse and exploitation.

    I don't see why hiring a prostitute should be illegal, though I do think it's improper for a LEO to engage a prostitute's services while he's on duty. Therein lies the true crime, and I think it's a fairly serious one, akin to drinking on duty. A wise man tells his son, "Sex makes you stupid." (I know this, because I live with a wise man and his son.) It's not OK for a LEO to get stupid while supposedly on duty, whether the medium is drugs, alcohol or sex.

    I don't think the attempt to hire a prostitute suggests the former LEO is an abuser of women. I think it suggests he is irresponsible, imimpulsiveand lacking in self-discipline and judgment.
     
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  19. RB

    RB Founding Member

    The fact of the matter is that prostitution is illegal in most jurisdictions in the States so for an officer of the law to attempt to engage a prostitute demonstrates that he/she will break the law. The question then becomes what other laws are they willing to break to suit them? I would say that person can no longer be trusted as a LEO and should be treated as harshly as the law provides.
     
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  20. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Blanket labeling of prostitution as "violence against women" is more indicative of an agenda than the facts of a particular situation.

    However, this clown was propositioning what he thought was a street hooker, and most of them aren't in the trade because they want to be. They're there because they're abused by pimps and/or need money for drugs or are otherwise distressed. Any cop on the street -- especially one with 18 years on the job -- should be aware of this and work towards getting them the intervention and assistance they need.

    I don't agree with busting street hookers carte blanche, but I also don't give johns (especially not 18-year-veteran cops) a free pass.

    With regard to employment with TSA, a low-life that would proposition a woman on the streets is not who should be working as a screener, especially not as a supervisor. This says lots about why people have the experiences that they do with these creeps.
     

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