Plea Deal In TSA Airport Screener Assault Case
Florida man taunted over penis size to apologize
JUNE 28--The Transportation Security Administration employee charged with assaulting a coworker who taunted him about the size of his penis after his genitalia was exposed by a full-body scanner has agreed to attend anger management classes and write a letter of apology as part of a settlement of his criminal case, records show.
TSA screener Rolando Negrin, 46, will also perform 50 hours of community service and make a $100 charitable donation, according to terms of a pre-trial diversion program that, if successfully completed, will result in dismissal of the felony battery case lodged against Negrin in Miami-Dade Circuit Court.
The court deal was approved by prosecutors and Hugo Osorno, the TSA coworker whom Negrin struck with a police baton while demanding an apology in a parking lot at Miami International Airport. Negrin, pictured in the adjacent mug shot, told cops that Osorno was his chief tormentor and subjected him to “psychological torture” in front of fellow employees.
During a May 2010 training session for TSA workers at the Miami airport, Negrin walked through a high-tech "whole body image" scanner. "The X-ray revealed that [Negrin] has a small penis and co-workers made fun of him on a daily basis," cops reported.
Following his arrest, Negrin told police that he "could not take the jokes anymore and lost his mind" and assaulted Osorno, who had repeatedly asked him, “Roly, what size are you?” Negrin added that coworkers laughed off his pleas for compassion, and even abused him in front of travelers.
The disclosure that the prosecution of Negrin had been deferred came yesterday in a Circuit Court filing by state prosecutors. (1 page)