Air marshal accused of taking photos under skirts
ARLINGTON, Va. (WJLA) - According to police and official court records, 28-year-old Federal Air Marshal Adam Bartsch of Crofton, Maryland boarded Southwest flight 3132 in Nashville, Tennessee on Thursday morning. But the Tampa-bound plane was delayed at the gate.
And records say that while he was on duty and armed, "…Bartsch took pictures with his cell phone underneath female's dresses and or skirts as they boarded the aircraft."
Those records also state that a witness grabbed Bartsch’s phone and told a flight attendant before he was removed from the plane and arrested.
According to the police report, “Bartsch admitted...taking 10 to 12 pictures…", and additionally, "Bartsch admitted…taking pictures 15 to 20 times in the past."
One airline traveler in Nashville could not hold back her disgust that a federal officer whose job it is to detect and deter danger could be accused of such a disturbing crime.
"Yikes. Really. Oh my. That's not good. No, that's very, very scary," said passenger Suzanne Ashley.
A woman who answered the door at Bartsch’s home in Crofton refused to respond to our questions and closed the door. Meanwhile, neighbors we spoke with were stunned by the news, saying Bartsch is married with a young child and the last person they would suspect of doing something like this.
"I'm caught totally off guard," said neighbor Eugene Phillips. "I never would have suspected it. He seemed like a nice family man."
In a prepared statement, a TSA spokesperson says:
“TSA does not tolerate criminal behavior. The agency immediately removed this individual from his current duties and is in the process of suspending or terminating his employment. TSA continues to assist with the investigation.”