Ex-TSA agent pleads not guilty to falsely imprisoning woman at LAX – Daily News

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A former Transportation Security Administration screening agent pleaded not guilty on Thursday, Feb. 27 to a false imprisonment charge involving a woman who had been traveling through Los Angeles International Airport last year.

Johnathon Lomeli, 22, is charged with a felony count of false imprisonment by fraud or deceit.

In a declaration filed in support of an arrest warrant, Carlos Llamas with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force wrote that Lomeli told the woman —who had lost her identification and debit cards while traveling in Los Angeles — that she had to go to another room to answer additional questions and go through an additional search after she was patted down by a female TSA officer on June 4, 2019.

Lomeli told the woman that she had to show him her breasts to make sure she had nothing in her bra, and the woman subsequently complied with his instruction to lift her pants and underwear, according to the declaration.

Lomeli — who was released on $50,000 bond after being arrested Feb. 6 by Los Angeles police — is due back at the downtown Los Angeles courthouse April 10, when a date is scheduled to be set for a hearing to determine if there is sufficient evidence to allow the case against him to proceed to trial.

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