Jamelyn Steenhoek says TSA agent sexually assaulted her during search

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In recent years, there have been plenty of complaints about the supposedly intrusive nature of airport searches conducted by Transportation Security Administration personnel.

Now, however, Highlands Ranch mom Jamelyn Steenhoek has filed a criminal complaint with Denver police accusing one agent of sexually assaulting her during a search.

Details about her claim and others below.

Allegations of TSA searches going too far aren't new. Back in December 2010, we reported about attorney Gary Fielder's lawsuit over pat-downs and body scans -- a document that prominently highlights events at Denver International Airport.

The suit, included below in its entirety, went nowhere, but Fielder's complaints became a cause célèbre among cage-rattlers such as Alex Jones, of Infowars fame.

Here's a Jones video on the subject.

The following year, Colorado's Yukari Miyamae was accused of grabbing and twisting a TSA agent's breast in Phoenix during a search. The charges were subsequently dropped, but before that, a Facebook page set up to raise money for Miyamae's legal defense became a repository for accounts about TSA staffers allegedly groping people in unacceptable ways. Here are several sample comments:

Good for you Yukari! They "patted" down my 6 week old baby girl! I wonder if she would have been arrested if she threw up on them???

Good for you. I was sexually molested by an TSA agent. Tried to report it to thier supervisor then the police no one would help me. I hope you can do something to stop what is going on in Phoenix.

Yukari, you're a hero. If what you did was sexual assault, how in hell does our own government justify their own molestation of little kids and the elderly wearing Depends diapers while guys in turbans and armed with explosives walk right past? I wonder how many little girls lost their virginity to a TSA worker. It is filth.

Also posted was the following video about TSA pat-downs, scored to the tune of Joe Cocker's Randy Newman cover, "You Can Leave Your Hat On."

CBS4 notes that such gripes rarely result in criminal complaints filed against TSA agents for searches conducted as part of their job.

What pushed Steenhoek to take this step?

Continue for more about Jamelyn Steenhoek's complaint about an airport search, including photos, a video and the Fielder lawsuit.


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Jackmorgan
Jackmorgan

Also thought i would add TSA is now starting to moniter trains and buses and has gone roadside in Indiana pulling people over and BC searching them. But unless you are a hot 17 yr old blondie I wouldn't worry too much about it.

Jackmorgan
Jackmorgan

Whens the last time you saw a terrorist? Frankly them treating us all like cattle feels like the terrorists are in charge. You children aka Zach obviously dont remember what life was like before OUR government stopped working for us and turned rogue against us.

Natasha Schwertley
Natasha Schwertley

So you think it'd be ok to be stripped naked in the airport if that's what they said it would take, Zachary Fitzner? Have some self - respect, man.

Zachary Fitzner
Zachary Fitzner

It's no longer our privacy when we choose the LUXURY of flying. They're not invading our homes and searching us at gunpoint. If you don't like the rules, don't play the game.

Alicia Keyser
Alicia Keyser

To be clear, nobody made me take off my bra, I just showed them my bra, on my own volition. I just don't like people touching me, which is why I personally chose the scanner in the first place. A full pat down, after a full body scan, because of an imaginary piece of paper that was supposedly in my bra, just seems beyond excessive to me. It's not like they even ever suspected I had a weapon or anything. I understand both sides of the issue, but I feel the system still needs some serious fixing, common sense has eluded them. I don't really think law suits will do it, but I don't really know what will. And I enjoy road trips anyway.

Douglas Evans
Douglas Evans

WTF how does this story only have 2 comments and 1 like.....SMH

Jeff Hulsing
Jeff Hulsing

As long as there isn't any penetration, I'm totally down with being groped by a minimum wage glorified security guard

Greg Maher
Greg Maher

They should change the name from pat down to a molest down, that way there is no confusion.

Greg Maher
Greg Maher

But you must analyze the risk. Last time I went through DIA it was concerning to me how unsafe i felt. I could have gotten anything non metal through, and there are plenty of devices that could harm a lot of people that are not made of metal. I would rather have a TSA agent touch my junk and straight up molest me, than die because people are uncomfortable being touched. If you don't like it you should travel by train, car, or boat. You being uncomfortable is not worth putting thousands of people at risk. Nobody is forcing you to fly. You can't go to the doctors and get a physical and when they grab your balls and ask you to cough claim rape. Know what is required with flying, if it makes you uncomfortable, pick different means of travel. Nobody forces you to fly, So shut up, follow the rules, and let them go to third base. Crybabies.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

Clearly, Winston, you -- like the woman in this particular case -- do not know the meaning of the term "sexual assault." Then again, we should not expect tin-foil hat wearing LOONS like yourself to actually construct a reasonable critique of TSA policy, relying instead upon outdated paranoid talking points from your favourite LOON websites.

Winston Smith
Winston Smith

But submit to a naked body scan that radiates you? Tough call.

Winston Smith
Winston Smith

Exactly. Back to road trips is our only voluntary choice in avoiding the "uncomfortable" SEXUAL ASSAULT. People need to start individually holding people accountable. Sue them individually. Don't make it a class action, make it personal just like they made you personally take off your bra.

Winston Smith
Winston Smith

Can we start calling it what it is?! It's rape. We need more woman willing to press sexual assault charges for these types of stories.

Winston Smith
Winston Smith

Uncomfortable? The TSA is getting away with rape on a daily basis, by simply calling it a "pat down procedure." Thanks for mentioning Gary Fielder's battle against the TSA, here is a another video from We Are Change Colorado. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCagUmAS5QE

Melissa Quinlan Viola
Melissa Quinlan Viola

I had all of the exact same things happen to me at DIA while going through security--set off the metal detector, tested negative when they swabbed my hands and escorted to a private room for a pat down. The pat-down process in a private room is uncomfortable and intimidating, but it by no means constitutes "sexual assault." This woman should be more responsible about what she attaches that label to because it's not accurate in this situation.

Alicia Keyser
Alicia Keyser

It goes too far. I wouldn't call it sexual, but uncomfortable for sure. Is there a word in between "uncomfortable" and "assault"? I had to fly somewhere for work last month. Had to get patted down after the scanner, because they insisted there was a piece of paper in my bra. There was not, I don't even know what they saw, I ended up just pulling out my bra to show them there was nothing there cause she kept feeling there. But I'm glad everyone on the plane feels safer now knowing for sure I don't have a piece of paper in my bra. Back to road trips for me.

Dan Brown
Dan Brown

It goes too far. Maybe if they had ever stopped a terrorist they could justify their disgusting policy, but they haven't. The safest airports in the world do not do what the TSA does to us here in the U.S.

Legen Dairy
Legen Dairy

Here's a sign for you right wing nut job. Remove the governments cock from your mouth and fuck off. What time is your shift tomorrow at the TSA? So I can piss on your Payless brand shoes. Menial fuck.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

If you touch them, you earn yourself a one-way ticket not to White Collar Resort Prison but rather to Federal Pound Me In the Ass Prison.

Ijustwanttocomment
Ijustwanttocomment

You're naming the plaintiff in a sexual assault case in your article?

Classy.

Natasha Schwertley
Natasha Schwertley

They would rather violate our privacy in order to convince people they are "keeping you safe" than actually keep you safe.

AlexJones
AlexJones

The TSA likes to hire pedophiles and psychopath's to do this kind of work. You are all being conditioned to get used to scumbag authoritarians sticking their hands down your 11 year old daughters pants looking for 'bombs'......Only a sheep would fall for this garbage.......The TSA has already admitted that their policies have nothing to so with stopping 'terrorism'.......It is a de-humanization campaign perpetrated by your very own government that is pushing a 100% POLICE STATE......Alex Jones has been screaming about this stuff for years and it was all written off by the sheeple as 'conspiracy'. Now, these 'conspiracies' have become FACT, backed by evidence, that can't be disputed......infowars.com

Evelyn Maria
Evelyn Maria

Oh yeah I am sure they did it so I would never ask for the pat down again it was totally invasive!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

             *** Regulation Works! ***

Legen Dairy
Legen Dairy

I dont think the TSA are effective at all. Just use the scanners and thats all. If you get a hit on someone then bring in the scanner. Everyone should just spend the money for a Clear pass as they become implemented in more and more airports to avoid those assholes. If they touch me, Im touching them.

steppesmusic
steppesmusic

Am I the only one who feels safer getting on a plane knowing that everyone had to go through a thorough security check?  


My freedom is not compromised by a little pat-down.  It would be compromised if some ill-intentioned miscreant with a gun, knife, or explosive device were somehow let through.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Your post really paints a picture, Jeff. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Interesting post, Greg. We're going to make it an upcoming Comment of the Day. Thanks.

jamelynphillips
jamelynphillips

It wasn't the first search. It was the second, longer search, conducted after they "lost" the original test results. I was never offered any other option and the search was conducted while I protested. Sexual assault is a strong label but I don't know what else to call someone in a position of power fondling my breasts without my permission. If it were any other situation, the label would fit.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Thanks for sharing your experiences, Melissa. Much appreciated.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

You bring up some good points, Alicia. Thanks for posting.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Interesting post, Dan. Thanks.

Ijustwanttocomment
Ijustwanttocomment

@steppesmusic  First of all, what's your definition of the word freedom? The word gets thrown around so often and for so many different things I think a lot of people don't have a concrete meaning for it anymore. To me, having the sanctity of my body violated in order to use the only means of transportation viable for most of the travel people do nowadays, is not freedom.

Secondly, the Fourth Amendment states that any time a government entity wants to search an individual or their property, they have to have a SPECIFIC suspicion, acquire a warrant that states specifically what is to be searched and what they expect to find, and it is generally held that they should only consider something found via that search that falls within the parameters of the warrant to be evidence in a legal case. This is not based on a specific suspicion, targeting anyone who gets on an airplane, often involves the seizure or destruction/accidental breakage of people's property without compensation, and legal recourse, while available on paper, is basically ineffective. It essentially serves only a psychological purpose: making people FEEL like nothing can get through. Some people will call it security theater, others will call it an intimidation tactic by the government; regardless, it is in flagrant violation of the highest law of the land.

AlexJones
AlexJones

@steppesmusic  You don't deserve the freedom you have now, moron. American soldiers fought and died so you have the right to say whatever you want, however, they did not fight for your 'right; to live in an authoritarian POLICE STATE. You disrespect every member and veteran of the military with your idiotic statements.

LeaveItToCleaver
LeaveItToCleaver

@steppesmusic You don't 'deserve' what what you have now, fool. People like you will always let the government go as far as they want. Waste of flesh.

steppesmusic
steppesmusic

@Ijustwanttocomment @steppesmusic My definition of freedom is being able to board an aircraft that can travel anywhere in the world to experience various cultures and ideas without the slightest interference by a governing body.  My junk being fondled, as a safety precaution, has absolutely no bearing on whether or not I experience this freedom -- none.


My junk gets felt all the time by various people, from people I know to total strangers -- it's pretty awesome.  Sometimes I touch their junk too, and we all have a pretty good time.  Maybe you all need your junk touched a little more often, or this wouldn't be such a big deal for you.


The 4th Amendment precludes UNREASONABLE search and seizure; and a little pat-down to guarantee my safety, as well as others, is not even remotely unreasonable.  Rational people and experienced travelers are well-prepared for this extremely minor inconvenience, and the entire step is forgotten within microseconds of its occurrence.


Sanctity?  Puh-lease.  Your body is no more sanctimonious than the other hundred thousand people who walked through the airport before you any given morning.  Get over yourself.

steppesmusic
steppesmusic

@AlexJones @steppesmusic You don't know what freedom is, you don't represent the military, and you certainly don't know what a police state is.  Quit bothering normal people who can walk through an airport like grown-ups.

steppesmusic
steppesmusic

@LeaveItToCleaver Oh, I'm no longer entitled to liberty because it doesn't conform to your narrow definition?  Who's the authoritarian now?

longtownridah
longtownridah

Airport security GUARANTEES your safety? Bahahaha you are an idiot, period! And a pussified one at that! How many terrorists have been stopped by the TSA? None. How many have gotten through your "invincible" shield and illusion of security? At least 3. Lol you are pathetic!

AlexJones
AlexJones

@steppesmusic @Ijustwanttocomment Get over yourself. You aren't the first slave to fall in love with your jailer, freak. Pick up a history book. There are a billion before you. This is why civilizations fall. It's a mental illness.

AlexJones
AlexJones

@steppesmusic @AlexJones Whatever, freak. You have no right to take away our liberties in exchange for a false promise of security. This is where your right to SPEECH ends and my right to LIBERTY begins. Read a history book, idiot. You are being played like a cheap ho.

AlexJones
AlexJones

@steppesmusic @LeaveItToCleaver  You are entitled to SPEECH. You are not entitled to take away any of my liberties in exchange of a false promise of safety from an authoritarian regime, scumbag. That's where your rights end and mine begin.

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