Rush Limbaugh's radio show frequently airs a parody of the TSA implicating the workers at that institution as either busybodies or the sort of person who could say "I used to soil myself down at the bus station" without irony. However, recent developments surrounding one Maryland former TSA Manager defy parody. Former TSA Manager Bryant Jermaine Livingston was arrested yesterday for allegedly running a prostitution ring out of his hotel room.
The only excuse Livingston has been able to offer is that he was hosting a "swingers party."
The International Business Times has a fairly comprehensive look at the story:
On February 15, management at the hotel tipped authorities about Livingston's off duty activities when they noticed suspicious behavior outside room 506. A manager said that a frequent guest had been escorting groups of men and women from the hotel lobby to his room, and had done so during previous stays at the hotel, reported NBC News. The room in question was registered under Livingston's name, who only paid in cash.
After receiving the call, the manager led the police officers to room 506. She knocked the door and Livingston opened it and invited the police officers to enter the room, after he had told the police that no illegal activity was taking place in the hotel room. According to Fox News, the responding officers say they saw "11 people inside the room [including] three naked females and four males attempting to get dressed. Multiple people were laying on the two beds and other people were sitting in chairs and standing in the room." Of the guests involved in the scheme, one man said he paid $100 for sex, according to authorities.
Livingston worked as an employee for the federal Transportation Security Administration since 2002 and has since been dismissed by for his actions. The Washington Post reported that when asked to comment on the scandal, Livingston said on Wednesday that he is innocent, and believes the TSA is acting spitefully against him because he filed a racial discrimination complaint under the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He filed the complaint while he was still employed.
Livingston has been disowned by TSA spokespeople, who note that Livingston had not been employed by the agency at the time he allegedly started his prostitution ring.