TSA Agent Accused of Abducting and Sexually Assaulting Woman Had Prior Record

Nice. The stranger publicly groping your wife and daughter at the airport may have a prior record.

Randalll King pleaded guilty to 9 charges of harassment and stalking before he came to work for TSA.

A TSA employee accused of abducting and sexually assaulting a woman has a prior record of harassment and stalking.
WSBTV Channel 2 reported:

Channel 2 Action News has learned a TSA security worker accused of abducting and sexually assaulting a woman had previously been convicted of misdemeanor harassment and stalking.

Randall King remains hospitalized following a suicide attempt. Police said last Wednesday, King agreed to drive a woman home from the airport. Instead, investigators said King took her to a MARTA station parking lot and placed novelty handcuffs on her.

Investigators said he drove her 50 miles away to his home in Troup County and sexually assaulted her. The woman told police that King gave her a suicide note, his car and let her go, investigators said.

A spokesman for the Transportation Security Administration said privacy laws precluded him from releasing any background information on King.

Channel 2 Action News reporter Tom Regan reviewed court records from Clinton County, Pennsylvania. According to the records, King was charged with nine offenses of harassment and stalking by communication in January 2001. A court clerk told Regan that King pleaded guilty and spent three months in jail for skipping a court appearance.

TSA has a long list of “disqualifying offenses” for employment at the federal agency that operates airport security. Those offenses include felonies, violent crimes, theft, and crimes involving security and transportation. Regan checked the list and found that it did not include misdemeanor offenses of harassing and stalking.

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  • Right Winger/Conservative

    WTF, so I guess it’s ok now for federally funded organizations to hire people with misdemeanor offenses like these.

    Makes one wonder just how safe we are here in our own country and how much our government is actually protecting us. I guess we all have to obtain some sort of criminal record now to obtain a job and feel protected by our government.


  • olm

    What the heck is going on? How can it be possible that anyone with so much as a ticket is a TSA agent? There is no shortage of unemployed people, there should be no problem in hiring citizens (ha, that might be questionable too) with no tendancies toward crime.

  • I had to go under an extensive background check to work as a customer service rep answering phones for a supermarket chain, and yet the people charged with keeping the public safe and given clearance to view us & our children naked along with fondling our genitalia and that of our children are not looked into at all. talk about incompetence and negligence!

  • Bonny Kate

    They’re as good at catching their sexual predators as they are at catching the terrorists.

  • Granny

    Potential employees of the federal government are not asked about misdemeanor offenses.

  • TXPatriot

    And just so you know, ladies, if you go while on your period, you are considered heightened risk and may be pulled aside for “special treatment.”


  • voice of reason

    i read somewhere

    that someone with a history

    of fondling or groping

    can actually use it as a

    resume enhancement

  • NeoKong

    ” A spokesman for the Transportation Security Administration said privacy laws precluded him from releasing any background information on King. “

    Because they care about privacy.

  • Terrye

    I am not some liberal or something, but I do not understand the need to pick out one TSA person who is a bad guy and then act as if somehow or other that has anything to do with anything. If someone made note of the fact that a soldier did something wrong we would not think it was fair to use that person as some kind of standard for the whole military.

    I have flown a lot over the years. I have been through the body scanner a couple of times. I did not think it was any big deal. I just do not get this need to demonize the entire TSA.

    Should they fire this guy? Yes, but he is a criminal. That has nothing to do with the other people who at TSA.

  • Rhoda A

    Terrye, we don’t know what the rest of the TSA types are like, do we? This may be ONE case but there is no guarantee that it is an isolated case — there have been a number of complaints over the … enthusiasm that some TSA agents bring to their jobs, not to mention an increasing number of complaints over missing items from luggage.

    BTW YOU might not mind exposing your exposing yourself to unknown levels of radiation, but not everyone is so cavalier about potential cancer risks.

  • Did he ever change his latex gloves while working?

  • Joanne

    Oh, so I guess this guy didn’t commit suicide then.

  • antisocialist

    I work for the Federal government, and no, misdemeanors do not automatically disqualify you for Federal employment. Of course, one could argue that abducting and sexually assaulting a woman would constitute a crime involving security and transportation. That would require the Federal government to use some common sense, though – something that never, ever happens.

  • No sweat. The Union will make sure he keeps his job WITH back pay.

  • Lindsey Lohan

    I just got off the phone with Janet Napolitano. She said there’s no reason to criticize this agent. He may have kidnapped and sexually assaulted this woman, but if that’s what it takes to keep bombs off the planes, then we’re all just going to have to tough it out. MSNBC backed her up and said we whine too much. Whoopi Goldberg tweeted that it wasn’t rape-rape, so it’s not that big a deal.

  • mark

    If TSA screening at the airport is the last line of defense against terrorists, as the story goes, then why have the requirements for hiring so low? Why wouldn’t you make TSA security hiring requirements on par with security cleared individuals who work in counterterrorism roles? Every traveler must be screened and groped to ensure one bad apple doesn’t get on the plane. But if you hire one bad apple to do the screening then you are opening up many more risks of security breaches, mistakes, and potential inside fraud and abuse.

  • jorgen

    He was probably chosed because of his criminal record. The aim is to make you go through the scanner so they also can use scanners in trains, sports grounds, super markets …

  • jorgen

    Ups, “chosen” i tshould have been.

  • Frank

    Working for the TSA doesn’t give them any more right to stick their hand down some little kid’s pants than any other random stranger has.

    Anyone who is asked to do this as part of their job, who doesn’t immediately refuse, and quit if necessary, is not someone it is reasonable to trust children, or national security, with.

    What’s so hard to understand about this?