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Londonderry

June 20, 2013

Former TSA worker charged for child pornography

LONDONDERRY — A former top officer with the Transportation Security Administration was arrested on child pornography charges after items were seized from his locker at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.

Miguel Quinones, 38, of 67 Whittemore Ave. in Manchester faces 10 felony counts after he turned himself over to police on an arrest warrant June 12, according to Londonderry police Lt. Timothy Jones.

A video and more than 1,000 images of child pornography were found on Quinones’ personal laptop computer and three thumb drives stored in his airport locker, Jones said.

Quinones was a lead transportation security officer who had worked for the federal agency since August 2002, according to TSA spokeswoman Ann Davis.

Davis said TSA suspended Quinones without pay in January after being told he was under investigation. He was terminated June 12, she said.

“TSA will continue to hold our employees to the highest ethical standards,” Davis said in a statement, “and we will move swiftly and decisively to end the federal careers of any employee who engages in illegal activity.”

Sgt. Thomas Grella, commander of the New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, said Quinones had been under investigation for more than a year, but could not comment further on the case.

Police were notified by the task force Jan. 2 that Quinones voluntarily turned over his computer and thumb drives, Jones said.

Each possession of child pornography is a Class A felony punishable by seven and half to 15 years in prison, Jones said.

Quinones was arraigned June 12 in 10th Circuit Court in Derry and ordered held on $25,000 cash bail. He is being held at the county jail in Brentwood.

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