A former Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agent was charged with a felony count of false imprisonment by fraud or deceit involving a woman who was going through Los Angeles International Airport, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Thursday.
Johnathon Lomeli, 22, allegedly unlawfully detained the woman through fraud or deceit while working at the airport last June, according to a statement released by the Attorney General’s Office.
The crime allegedly occurred outside of the primary security screening area, according to the Attorney General’s Office.
“Women deserve to be treated with dignity and respect everywhere,” Becerra said in the statement. “There is no excuse for this kind of alleged behavior. It’s not okay on the street, it’s not okay in our schools, and it’s certainly not welcome at the airport. At the California Department of Justice, we’ll continue to do everything in our power to hold those who break the law accountable.”
Details on Lomeli’s arrest and when he would be arraigned were not immediately available.
The criminal case was filed as part of a joint effort involving the California Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles Airport Police and the TSA, according to the Attorney General’s Office.