(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — A federal air marshal was arrested Thursday in Nashville, Tenn., on charges that he allegedly took cellphone photographs up passengers’ skirts.
According to an arrest report, the incident happened while passengers were boarding a Southwest flight in Nashville to Tampa, Fla. The marshal, identified as 28-year-old Adam Bartsch, was on official duty at the time of his arrest.
Police say a witness grabbed Bartsch’s cellphone after seeing him take the inappropriate photos and notified a flight attendant.
Authorities say Bartsch was taken off the flight and taken into police custody after admitting to taking 10 to 12 pictures up women’s skirts.
Investigators say Bartsch, of Rockville, Md., admitted taking similar photos more than a dozen times in the past. He is charged with unlawful photography.
The Transportation Security Administration issued a statement saying it “does not tolerate criminal behavior.”
The TSA said the agency “removed” the individual from his “current duties and is in the process of suspending or terminating his employment.”
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