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WASHINGTON - A Homeland Security Department spokesman was held without bail Wednesday on felony charges of sexually preying on a detective posing as a 14-year-old girl through explicit online conversations. He was quickly suspended without pay from one of the nation’s top crime-fighting agencies.
The arrest of Brian J. Doyle, 55, raised doubts about the ability of an agency responsible for safeguarding the country to ensure the security credentials of its own people.
BREAKING NEWS: U.S. Air Marshals arrested in droves By Andrew B. Einhorn Nov 13 2008, 09:46 AM
An investigation into the US Air Marshal program released today reveals that since 9/11, more than three dozen marshals have been charged with crimes, and hundreds more have been accused of misconduct, reported the non-profit investigative journalism group, Propublica.
Cases of misconduct range from aiding a human-trafficking ring, to drug smuggling, to pedophilia and child abuse, to attempted murder. The report, written by Michael Grabell and published today in USA Today, reports a number of these shocking crimes as well as problems with the background check process and hiring standards.
One of the more amazing stories reported was of an air marshall named Brian "Cooter" Phelps who wanted to get rid of his ex-wife. To dispose of her, he called a fellow air marshal and tried to hire a hit man nicknamed "the Crucifixer."
Another story involved Michael McGowan, an air marshall who used his position to lure a young boy to his hotel room, took pictures of him naked and sexually abused him.