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Former Perry Hall TSA Agent Awaiting Child Porn Trial

Police allegedly found files containing child pornography on Michael Scott Wilson's personal computers in September 2011.

Six months after he was first arrested, a Perry Hall man and is awaiting a federal trial on , officials said.

Baltimore County criminal charges against , 41, were dropped last month so he could receive federal charges, according to Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger. 

"Typically, we send some cases to the federal government where the penalties may be greater. We do that on a fairly regular basis," Shellenberger said.

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Wilson was indicted in federal court on Feb. 28 and charged with two counts of possession of child pornography, said Vickie LeDuc, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland.

During an initial court appearance on March 2, Wilson pleaded not guilty, Leduc said. As of Monday, no further court dates had been scheduled.

Wilson's attorney, Robert C. Bonsib, confirmed the adjustment in charges and said it was a decision by prosecutors.

ABC2 News first reported that Wilson had been federally charged on March 18.

Should Michael Scott Wilson be held to a higher standard because he was an airport security employee? Tell us in the comments.

Baltimore County's Crimes Against Children unit first traced files containing child pornography to Wilson's Perry Hall home in the 9900 block of Redwing Drive in September 2011, .

Police arrested Wilson on Sept. 27 and found additional files containing child pornography on his laptop and desktop computers after police searched his home, said Detective Cathy Batton, a county police spokeswoman.

At the time of his arrest, Wilson worked as a Transportation Security Administration agent at Baltimore Washington International Airport, according to TSA spokesman Kawika Riley.

Wilson's federal indictment focuses on two files—one containing a video of a prepubescent girl performing multiple sex acts with an adult male and another photograph of a nude prepubescent girl, according to LeDuc.

Files were believed to have been shared across state lines, which helped qualify the case for federal charges, she said.

As Wilson awaits federal trail, stipulations of his release include travel restrictions, collection of his DNA and medical and psychological treatment. He is also not allowed any unsupervised contact with a minor, she said.

AG March 20, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Why else would you join TSA unless you liked to grope people?
SA March 20, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Isn't Big Government great?! Thanks to the Left, we can look forward to more government employees just like this guy in all aspects of our lives, starting with school and in healthcare administration.
Paul Amirault March 20, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Giving the "Left" credit for the TSA?? It was formed by the Bush Administration and the Republican Congress.
Tim March 20, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Completely agree. I've refused to fly since. I also refuse to let my son fly for fear of him being labeled a 'terrorist' by pedophiles like this.
Tim March 20, 2012 at 02:45 PM
what Paul said. So much of Big Government is created by the Republicans. Our bloated military, for example. It's big government, whether you want to admit it or not.
Tim March 20, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Here's another example: United States Department of Health and Human Services - you know, that huge pox on our economy (as Republicans say)? Not only was it implemented by a Republican (Eisenhower) but it was originally formulated by a Republican (Harding) thirty years earlier.
Immanuel Baptist Church March 20, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Thank the terrorists. If it wasn't for them, no one would have to be groped!
Leah March 20, 2012 at 03:35 PM
This is the worst strain of comments I've seen on a Patch article. Usually the people of Perry Hall make thoughtful comments but the ridiculousness of the statements above from "the TSA is filled with pedophiles and deviates" to stating that government officials will now be interfering with aspects of life like school are ludicrous and small-minded. It isn't alleged that he did anything wrong on the job but was found with child porn on his computer which is a disgusting thing that is in no way an act restricted to the TSA or government in general. In fact, the federal government is doing everything they can in this case to punish this piece of crap as much as possible. Stick to the story and save your diatribes for the clueless audience of other sites. I think, here, we're a little better than the drivel written above.
Tessa March 20, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Thank you Leah, I couldn't agree MORE! The story is depressing enough but then all of these comments managed to depress me more. My favorite comment: "that's exactly why I won't let my son fly." Really? Really???
Tim March 20, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Tessa: Yes, really. It could be my little boy who's selected for 'inspection' and I'd end up in jail - or at BEST we'd be out the thousand bucks or whatever it ended up being for refusing to accept their inspection. Maybe you don't mind having your little child frisked. I do. If this is depressing, it should be. Wake up and do something about it. Take a stand, before the TSA expands to bus terminals, train stations, etc. It's going to happen if Americans continue agreeing to bend over on command. If enough people refused to fly, trust me - airlines would force the changes needed. Oh, but it's INCONVENIENT to do so. September 11 has produced the most ridiculous overreaction ever by this government, and it continues to go unchecked by those unwilling to stand up for their individual rights. Leah: You honestly think this is the worst thread? I'm sorry, but you're just not reading enough Patch then. Take a look at the transgender law threads, and the gay marraige threads. One hundred times worse. Actual mindless oppression of your fellow human beings - led by our 'religious beliefs'. So do me a favor, and come back when you get some perspective to go with your hyperbole.
Leah March 20, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Tim, perhaps I've given people too much credit in saying that there can generally be useful discourse. Of course, I was right on point not giving you that credit. Thank you for pointing that out. Your problems with the TSA are only related to this article in a peripheral sense. For productivity, one might try to fix any perceived problems that result from TSA regulations. Any simple mind can complain of a problem but it takes a thinker to help solve it. And boycotting airlines is a ridiculous option that would never work mainly because of businesses having to transport people that way and because many people aren't so huffy puffy about the searches because they know that they would be the first ones to cause an uproar if something slipped through the cracks. I think you're right in not flying you or your son because of how you feel. Good for you, standing up for what you believe in. Some of us just don't mind.
Tim March 20, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Fixes are in process, Leah: Privatized security options, administered and regulated by the airports themselves. One would expect to still need to go through a backscatter device (this, I'm not inherently against). The reality is though that air travel was the safest way to fly before 9/11, and it still was after 9/11 without our new Homeland Security department (started by Republicans). Did you know now the government is considering offering an opt-out for the enhanced checks now? For a fee, of course! http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303863404577281483630937016.html
Leah March 20, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Actually, the Precheck system through the TSA is free. It's Global Entry, by US Customs and Border Protection that is $100. At least, that's what the article says. Will that make you more willing to fly?
Leah March 20, 2012 at 06:53 PM
And if you notice, the article also says that the TSA agents are also, seemingly, happier. This might be because they aren't exactly enthused about having to search disgruntled flyers either.
Tessa March 20, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Here's the reality of the situation Tim. I have 2 very young children and I live extremely close to the subject of this article. That is a very real and very unfortunate situation for me and my family and the rest of our neighbors who have children. So I can't help but laugh when you will go to such extreme lengths to avoid a pat down for your son. I understand wanting to protect your children...believe me, I do. But that's just the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard! I have traveled countless times with my children and they've never been paused through the screening process. And if they were, I would have no problem allowing them to be searched because 1. they would never be outside of my line of vision and 2. not every TSA agent is a pedophile. Open your eyes my friend, the world isn't THAT bad. I live within close proximity to this specific guy and THAT is a problem.
Tim March 20, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Tessa: TSA agents are people too. The vast majority of TSA agents are good people, just trying to hold down a job and support their families. I appreciate that. I still find their services of negligible value, and certainly not worth the cost we pay and the rights we unfairly sacrifice out of governmental fear-mongering. That doesn't mean I want your husband to lose his job over it. I'm sure he's a good man. The reason (specific) as I mention I don't fly (or would strongly be against my child flying) isn't because of a few "pedos". It's the invasive nature of the pat downs themselves. If they got rid of the enhanced patdowns - and made the entire process less confrontational and invasive, I suspect a happy medium could eventually be arrived at. Even though, again, I find much of the process devoid of real safety value. In Israel they have airport security better then we have here - and they don't physcially do half of what they do here in the US. However, the TSA was a great "big government" solution that could be used to gradually usurp our rights. I understand your dog in this fight, and I'll let it go now. God bless you and your family.
Tim March 20, 2012 at 07:22 PM
I'd need to see how the system was fleshed out and implemented, but potentially - sure! What this is, is alternative solutions being implemented, slowly but surely, because people like me are taking a stand and it's working. You can actually invoke change, sometimes. In 5 years, if enhanced pat downs are a thing of the past, I won't for one second regret my choices on this matter.
Leah March 20, 2012 at 07:39 PM
That's good to hear. I like seeing the last couple of statements because they ARE useful discourse as opposed to calling all TSA agents pedophiles and deviants and labeling anyone who works there as someone who just likes to grope people. I can respect your opinions and I do. I respect them even more without name-calling.
Tessa March 20, 2012 at 07:45 PM
I do feel as though we took down the comments down a few octaves, which made for a MUCH MORE pleasant conversation. Thank you Tim for the well-wishes! I'll end with this. I've actually volunteered for pat downs when traveling during pregnancy (to avoid the xrays). It's not as awful as you might imagine. I've always been treated with nothing but respect and decency. And that was my biggest point, that the TSA isn't so bad. There are bad apples anywhere, right?
Computer Techy March 20, 2012 at 09:35 PM
People need to wake up to reality. The terrorist attacks are a fabrication to create the Patriot Act, and now we have the NDAA reaching much further into tyranny. Republicans and Democrats are 2 sides of sides of the same coin. Smaller government!
Paul Amirault March 20, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Wake up all! The Twin Towers are still there! 3,000 people are alive, just hiding! The Apollo trips to the moon were movies, not real! C'mon man! I don't like the Patriot Act one bit, I don't like the government spying on me, but get real.
Tim March 20, 2012 at 10:24 PM
^^^ not sure if serious, or trolling.
Paul Amirault March 20, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Posts regularly.
Bill Fisher March 20, 2012 at 11:32 PM
There were 62 TSA screeners arrested in 2011, including 11 for child sex crimes and rapes. In 2012 there have been 6 more arrested including once caught dealing heroin near a school in NY while in her TSA uniform. There are some very sick people in TSA and they are allowed to touch children inappropriately while parents are forbidden from holding their hand during the search. Like the priesthood, this job attracts too many of the wrong people and TSA fails to check them properly before allowing them access to passengers property and bodies. The agency and its employees need to held accountable for the many travesties that have occurred in the past 16 months. Only then will things improve.
Paul Amirault March 20, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Bill, people like that exist everywhere. Without a reference point it is difficult to determine what it means. For example, compared to the priesthood, teachers, police officers, etc., how do TSA agents do?
Bill Fisher March 20, 2012 at 11:46 PM
There hasn't been anything comparable to TSA in the past 16 months. No other agency of similar size has anywhere near the same level of crime nor have the crimes been as serious and reprehensible. One TSA Security Director was even indicted for murder. Two other screeners in Orlando, where thousands of kids visit Disney, were arrested for raping children. Read the list below below and judge for yourself. TSA Crimes & Abuses bit.ly/TravelUndergroundTSAabuses
Other Tim March 20, 2012 at 11:55 PM
The're coming to take me away, hehe, haha, hoho!
Paul Amirault March 21, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Bill, you have quoted statistics from some source that appears to track TSA agents illegal acts. I am curious where are the comparables. As all walks of life have these criminals, how do TSA agents compare? I find it hard to believe they exist at higher rates in TSA then elsewhere. Exception of course where contact with children is more frequent like priests, certain Penn St coach, etc.
Ryan March 21, 2012 at 11:40 AM
Tim, I agree with you that Israel does it better, but I doubt you would like why they do it better. It is because they profile, they don’t randomly pick an 85 year old grandmother in line with her whole family. They only pick people that they think could be terrorists. I am all for this, but from reading your previous posts I doubt you would be for this.
Other Tim March 30, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Best as I could find, there are 58,401 people working for TSA. You say 62 were arrested. That is one tenth of one percent arrested. Pretty low number arrested. How many convictions?

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