I-Team: Priest Removed From Ministry Due To Sex Abuse Allegations Now Works At PHL
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The CBS 3 I-Team has learned that a Catholic priest who was removed from the ministry over sex abuse allegations now holds a sensitive security post at Philadelphia International Airport.
The 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.
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Now in this piece the TSA is saying that they do background checks on their people, but that this persons' record is "too old" for them to uncover the details on. So I suppose if you blew up an airliner back in the 70's, they would miss that too. But we also know from this previous report, that the TSA is actually letting people work without any background check at all. Read about that here: