U.S. air marshal relieved of duties after arrest for upskirt photos


Oct 18 (Reuters) - A federal air marshal was relieved of hisduties and will be suspended or fired after he used his cellphone to take photographs underneath the skirts of femalepassengers as they boarded an aircraft, federal authorities saidFriday.

Adam Bartsch, 28, who admitted he took the photographs onboard a plane at a Nashville airport, was charged withdisorderly conduct Thursday, according to an arrest affidavitsigned by a judge for Davidson County in Nashville, Tennessee.Bond was set at $10,000 and he was released.

Bartsch was on duty as a federal air marshal at the time.

A witness grabbed the cell phone from Bartsch and alerted aflight attendant that he was taking photographs "beneath thedresses and or skirts of female passengers," the affidavit said.

Bartsch could not be reached for comment.

Officials with the Federal Air Marshal Program, which isoverseen by the Transportation Safety Administration, said in awritten statement Friday that the agency had relieved Bartsch ofhis duties.

"TSA does not tolerate criminal behavior," the statementsaid. "The agency immediately removed this individual from hiscurrent duties and is in the process of suspending orterminating his employment. TSA continues to assist with theinvestigation."

Airport police were notified and Bartsch was removed fromthe Southwest Airlines flight to Tampa, Florida, from NashvilleInternational Airport. He was turned over to Nashville police,the affidavit said.

Bartsch's next court appearance was set for Nov. 14,according to electronic records.

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