I know former clergy members have a difficult time finding work after they leave the pulpit… but when you were kicked out of the Church for molesting kids, it seems obvious that you shouldn’t be allowed to have a job where you may be asked to frisk people (including children)…
The [Philadelphia International Airport’s] 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 public should not be worried with you in a position like this despite your past?” reporter Ben Simmoneau asked.
“I have nothing to say,” Harkins repeated.
He then used his TSA badge to walk into a restricted area where our cameras could not follow.
Supposedly, Harkins deals with luggage and not people, but that’s not to say he couldn’t be asked to fulfill other roles.
Even though criminal charges were never filed against Harkin because the first two cases were so old, it all makes you question how reliable TSA security really is when they didn’t even catch this during his background check. Or worse, they did catch it and let the guy have this job, regardless.