An air marshal arrested for taking sexual photos underneath women’s skirts has been charged with disorderly conduct while on duty. Seattle Times reports this Friday, Oct. 18, that an air marshal from Baltimore has been taken into custody this Thursday after using his cell phone to catch illicit peeks of women in private areas while they were trying to board a Southwest Airlines flight.
The air marshal arrested is 28-year-old Adam Joseph Bartsch, who was charged with disorderly conduct at Nashville International Airport. A local witness caught the man trying to take the photo and warned a flight attendant to get the police, stated the criminal affidavit. Bartsch was said to be on duty when he was arrested, and the air marshal will face his court date over the disturbingly sexual case this Nov. 14, 2013.
According to an airport spokeswoman, the arrest took place early in the morning, just after 9:30. The official task of state air marshals is stated to formally “detect, deter, and defeat hostile acts targeting U.S. air carriers, airports, passengers, and crews,” according to the Federal Air Marshal Service.
“It’s a shame that someone who’s supposed to be protecting us would try to take sexual photos of women, even looking up women’s skirts,” said one interviewed witness on the air marshal arrested incident. “I’m just glad he’s been charged.”
A Federal Air Marshal Service spokesman added that all criminal and disciplinary action will be taken against Bartsch following his arrest, and the “TSA does not tolerate any criminal behavior.”
“The agency immediately removed this individual from his current duties and is in the process of suspending or terminating his employment,” he said. “TSA continues to assist with the investigation.”