TSA agent arrested for rape of young boy he was mentoring through Big Brothers Big Sisters program

dailymail.co.uk | Nov 1, 2012

By Meghan Keneally

Paul Magnuson, who recently worked as a transportation security inspector for the TSA and was returning to America after working on a job in Frankfurt, Germany, was arrested in the international airport in Newark, New Jersey.

Magnuson has not been formally charged with the rape of the boy, whose name will not be released due to his age and the nature of the crime.

He will remain in New Jersey until he has a hearing to see if he will be extradited to Ohio.

According to 19 Action News, the Cleveland Sex Crimes Investigators have built a case against Magnuson.

MailOnline spoke with TSA spokesman David Castleveter who said that Magnuson was fired as a result of the arrest.

‘TSA is aware of the allegations against the former Cleveland-based employee and continues to cooperate with investigative authorities,’ Castleveter said.

‘TSA holds its employees to the highest ethical standards and expects all employees to conduct themselves with integrity and professionalism and takes appropriate action when allegations are substantiated.’

While he would not speak specifically about Magnuson’s professional history with the federal agency, Castleveter said that his role as an inspector would keep him away from screening individual fliers and have him work securing facilities on a larger scale.

He added that all employees are subject to a background check before they are hired.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cleveland was not available for comment about the case, and it is unclear how long Magnuson had been volunteering with the organization.

Their website explains that all volunteers have to go through a background check, have an in-person interview and provide references before being accepted to work with the underprivileged children.

This is not the first time that a Big Brother Big Sister volunteer has been accused of raping the child that they mentor, both nationally and within Ohio.

Frederick Lyman was arrested in Gloucester, Massachusetts last year after he was convicted of raping his then-14-year-old mentee and carrying on a sexual relationship with the boy for two years.

The most recent case in Ohio was in 2002, when Scott Wagner raped the 12-year-old boy that he was paired up with through the program.

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