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Air marshal’s TN arrest for alleged lewd photos calls background checks into question

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By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog

NASHVILLE — Government employees normally keep their on-the-job indiscretions behind closed doors or in smoke-filled rooms, but some civil servants reportedly do it out in the open.

As was heavily reported last week, Nashville Metro Police charged 28-year-old Adam Bartsch with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor, for allegedly using his cell phone to take lewd photos underneath women’s skirts at the Nashville International Airport.

ARREST: An air marshal working for the federal TSA was arrested in Nashville last week on disorderly conduct charges while on the job.

ARREST: An air marshal working for the federal TSA was arrested in Nashville last week on disorderly conduct charges while on the job.

Bartsch was an on-duty federal air marshal about to board a flight from Nashville to Tampa at the time of his arrest.

Representatives from the Nashville Metro Police and the police department in Rockville, Md., Bartsch’s primary residence, told Tennessee Watchdog he had no prior criminal record in those particular cities.

According to one news agency, however, Bartsch admitted to committing similar crimes in the past.  

Transportation Security Administration spokesman Michael Pascarella told Tennessee Watchdog that all hires for the agency’s air marshal program must undergo rigorous criminal background checks and indicate if a court has convicted him or her with a felony in the past 10 years.

“I don’t know whether or not this employee has had previous misdemeanor arrests, or any arrest for that matter,” Pascarella said.

Bartsch’s performance records, meanwhile, are not public record.

TSA officials have removed Bartsch from duty and are in the process of suspending or firing him, Pascarella previously told Nashville’s News Channel 5.

Contact Christopher Butler at [email protected]

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Chris formerly served as staff reporter for Watchdog.org.