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April 2, 2011

Former TSA employee charged with sex-assault

LONDONDERRY — A TSA employee who worked at Manchester Boston Regional Airport has been arrested on five counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault, according to police.

Police arrested Dwayne Valerio, 44, at his 192 Rockingham Road home on Friday, March 18, according to Lt. Robert Michaud. Police released few details on what led to his arrest, citing the alleged victim's age.

"The victim is a juvenile," he said.

Valerio is now being held on $50,000 cash or surety bail at the Rockingham County jail in Brentwood, jail officials said.

"The offenses were to have been committed several years ago," Michaud said. "It was reported at a later time and the pursuant investigation led to the arrest of this gentleman."

Ann Davis, a TSA spokeswoman, said she could not discuss the individual case beyond a written statement.

"TSA cannot comment on an ongoing police investigation, however, we can assure travelers the charges against the individual are not related in any way to his employment with TSA," the statement said. "Upon his arrest, TSA took immediate action and the individual is no longer working at the airport."

The TSA has been the focus of protests and scrutiny in the last year for using new "advanced imaging" machines at some airports during security screenings. Critics have claimed the technology is invasive. Those who opt out are subject to "enhanced" pat-downs.

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