Woman accused of groping TSA agent getting support

July 18, 2011 12:46:35 PM PDT
A Colorado woman accused of groping a female Transportation Security Administration agent in Phoenix is getting some support from people unhappy about airport security procedures.

A Facebook page supporting 61-year-old Yukari Miyamae, had 561 backers Monday morning. Some people who posted comments on the page, however, defended the TSA's screening procedures as necessary for public safety.

Police say Miyamae is accused of grabbing the left breast of an unidentified TSA agent Thursday afternoon after the TSA said she refused to go through passenger screening. She was arrested on suspicion of sexual abuse, which is a felony, but no charges have been filed.

Maricopa County Judicial Commissioner Miles Nelson released Miyamae on her own recognizance during a court appearance Friday. A preliminary hearing in her case was scheduled for Aug. 4.

Nelson said Miyamae could return home to Longmont, Colo., and could use airports to travel back to Arizona as part of her work as a translator.

"I am commuting from Colorado to Phoenix every week for the job I am currently working," Miyamae told Nelson.

Miyamae and the TSA didn't return calls from The Associated Press on Monday.



Video of Miyamae's court appearance: http://tinyurl.com/6fhrusu