Woman Arrested After Groping TSA Agent

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07/19/2011 12:42 PM ET

A woman who was groping a female TSA agent was arrested at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix. Yukari Miyamae, 61, is accused of grabbing the breast of the officer and twisting it with both hands. The incident happened when Miyamae refused to go through passenger screening at a security checkpoint.

Phoenix police tell the website that Miyamae admitted to the crime, but they do not know why she groped the female TSA agent. She was arrested for suspicion of sexual abuse, which is a felony, but no charges have been filed. Miyamae made an appearance in court the next day and was released by Maricopa County Judicial Commissioner Miles Nelson.

With some anger building over TSA screening techniques at airports these days Miyamae is gaining support from the public. 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.

Miyamae who is from Longmont Colorado works as a translator and frequently travels back and forth between home and Phoenix. The judge said she may continue to use air travel as a part of her work. "I am commuting from Colorado to Phoenix every week for the job I am currently working," Miyamae told Nelson. A preliminary hearing in her case was scheduled for Aug. 4.

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