Woman who groped TSA agent found guilty
Going too far or making a point? Tonight we're learning the fate of a Lee County woman caught on tape groping a TSA agent at Southwest Florida International Airport. Carol Price admitted to groping the TSA agent, saying she did it only to demonstratePhoto: Video by fox4now.com
LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Going too far or making a point? Tonight we're learning the fate of a Lee County woman caught on tape groping a TSA agent at Southwest Florida International Airport. Carol Price admitted to groping the TSA agent, saying she did it only to demonstrate what had just happened to her. Today, jurors decided she had no right touching the agent, regardless of her reasons.
When Carol Price left the courtroom she had nothing to say. Her attorney disappointed after a jury found price guilty of battery for groping a TSA supervisor.
John Mills - Attorney: "Ms. Price had a bad day, she was going to her brother's funeral it got even worse. She of course wishes that day never happened."
That day was April 20th. Price was a passenger at RSW airport in Fort Myers. Surveillance video shows Price approaching TSA supervisor Kristen Arnberg and grabbing her inner thigh area. Price claims she only did this to show Arnberg what another agent had just done to her during a security pat down. When Arnberg took the stand and recalled the event she became emotional.
Kristen Arnberg: "Trying to get law enforcement involved, trying not to have a meltdown on the checkpoint, sorry.”
This is the TSA video showing why Price says she got so upset. She says while an agent patted her down that agent crossed the line by touching her breasts and inner thighs inappropriately.
Price should know the rules since she worked at TSA until 2006. But jurors never saw the video of Price's pat down because the judge wouldn't allow it.
John Mills - Attorney: "We asked for it to be in, the judge ruled against us so we moved forward."
Price's attorney also claiming his client had a falling out with Arnberg when they worked together 6 years ago and that animosity may have played a role in this case.
John Mills - Attorney: "She says there was a bad history between the two and that's what we presented here today."
Arnberg refused to comment but after the verdict was read the judge said Price should have known better, especially since she was once a TSA agent herself. Price was also charged with resisting an officer without violence but jurors found her not guilty. Her punishment for the battery charge is 6 months probation, a $500 fine, court costs and she must attend anger management classes.