By John Vibes
A 39 year old woman is filing criminal sexual assault charges against TSA agents after an invasive pat down
DENVER (INTELLIHUB) — Denver police are conducting an investigation into a reported sexual assault involving TSA agents at Denver International Airport.
A woman who was violated in an invasive pat down filed criminal charges against the agents involved.
Jamelyn Steenhoek, 39, was patted down by TSA agents on Dec. 26 as she was helping her 13-year-old daughter get to a flight.
“I feel like someone who works for a powerful agency that we are afraid of used their power to violate me sexually — to put me in my place,” said Steenhoek, a full time college student and employee of a county social services department.
“Then they told me I tested positive for explosives,” Steenhoek said during an interview with CBS4.
“They told me to spread my arms and spread my feet.”
She said the female TSA agent was frustrated because she was in a hurry and was obviously inconvenienced by the situation.
“At that point she did a pretty invasive search. 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.”
Steenhoek said the agent repeatedly dug her fingers into Steenhoek’s armpits.
“The part of the search that bothered most was the breast search. 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.”
She said that when nothing was found, the agent conducted a second search.
“So it didn’t make any sense. The whole search was done over and more touching and grabbing than the first time.”
Eventually TSA officers released her without finding anything and she managed to get her daughter to her flight on time.
Three days later she went to Denver police and filed a police complaint against the unnamed female TSA agent who searched her.
“It’s an open and active investigation,” Denver police spokesperson Sonny Jackson told CBS. “We take all complaints seriously and we are on this case as well. We have launched an investigation into it.”