NICOLAS FERNANDEZ. CHARGED WITH A REALLY STUPID CRIME.
I don’t fly but I understand that the flying public hates TSA agents.
Groping is legal if you work for the TSA. So it seems obvious that the agency would employ people who like intruding on the privacy of others.
Alleged sociopath Nicolas Fernandez took it one step beyond.
SEA-TAC, Wash.– The TSA agent accused of looking up a woman’s skirt and recording it on his phone while on an escalator has now been charged with voyeurism.
According to court documents, investigators set up a sting operation to catch the agent in the act.
John Comes said he was at Sea-Tac Airport last month for a flight to Florida when he noticed a TSA agent on an escalator acting unusual.
“I noticed a TSA agent coming up and he was standing really close to the woman in front of him,” said Comes.
“As they approached the top, I noticed there was a light on and the light was illuminating from below and had the light on his phone on. It wasn’t until they got off and started walking and they were walking away, I was like oh, oh, I know what he was doing. He was taking a picture up the woman’s skirt.”
By the time he realized what happened, both the TSA agent and the unsuspecting victim were gone, but he said he couldn’t let it end there.
What he saw prompted the Port of Seattle Police and TSA agents to put Nicholas Fernandez under surveillance and reportedly catch him doing it again.
“My first thought was did I just see what I thought I saw,” said Comes. “It was surprising that I happened to be the person who saw it.”
Paul Vera said he met Fernandez to rent out his house. Vera knew the 29-year-old worked at the airport but never imagined he’d be accused of criminal activity, especially while on the job.
“It’s bizarre, he did not seem like that kind of person,” said Vera. “Those guys are placed there to basically serve and protect, monitor the kind of stuff that he was actually found doing.”
It’s why Comes felt compelled to report what he saw, first with a tweet to the TSA and then with a phone call to the Port of Seattle Police. He said he’d like to think anyone else would have done the same.
“Considering it was a TSA agent, we get judged by our choices and the things that we do,” said Comes. “I want to make sure I do the good thing and report the things I see.”
Fernandez pleaded not guilty Thursday; his bail was raised from $7500 to $20,000 at the request of prosecutors.
Taking upskirt photos and videos is one crime that baffles me. With all the Internet porn available, the question is why risk jail time for a fleeting thrill.
This article on the rise of the upskirt perverts offers the theory that upskirt perverts are depressed. Here’s an excerpt:
Mr Chong Ee Jay, manager at Touch Cyber Wellness, which provides online safety education and counselling, said cases he has come across follow a “classic progression pattern” that begins with addiction to pornography and moves onto “thrill-seeking behaviour” in which men act out their fantasies.
“They become desensitised and need more stimulation to satisfy their obsession,” he said.
Mr Chong said one boy became addicted to porn at age 12. Within months he began to film his classmates changing, eventually camping at stairwells to take upskirt photos and videos of students and teachers.
Forensic psychiatrist Tommy Tan of Novena Psychiatry Clinic said most clients who compulsively take upskirt shots have depression or other psychiatric conditions.
Prof Tan from NUS highlighted similarities in such behaviour with rape: In both cases, neither sex nor money is the main motivation. “The problem… is aggression and contempt, not against the specific victim, but a general anger against women. It could also be a psychopathic tendency for enjoyment at the expense of others’ suffering.”
But counsellors and psychiatrists said that for most of their clients, the videos and photos are taken for personal consumption.