Saturday, May 10, 2014

Dominican Republic: TSA Supervisor, 48, Based in Brooklyn, Has Sex with Two 15-Year-Old Dominicans, Arrested, Charged

According to The New York Daily News, US Transportation Security Agency (TSA) Supervisor Vernon Lythcott, 48, was arrested for paying two 15-year-old girls in the Dominican Republic $80 to have sex, according to a complaint filed in Brooklyn Federal Court.

Lythcott was charged Friday (May 9) with having sex with underage girls in the DR, federal authorities announced. 

Lythcott was arrested on the jetway at JFK Airport as he was about to board a flight to the Dominican Republic, his second trip to the Caribbean island since January 2014. 
It is illegal for US citizens to have sex with someone under the age of 16 or a prostitute under the age of 18 anywhere in the world, but of course, Lythcott knew that. He just thought he could get away with it.

Coincidentally, a DHS (Department of Homeland Security) agent based in the Dominican Republic was tipped off about an American tourist engaging in sex with teens and interviewed both victims, according to Special Agent Karine Stewart, who filed the complaint.
“The victims also reported that during the course of the night, they had used Lythcott’s cellular telephone to check their Facebook accounts and had also ‘friended’ Lythcott on Facebook,” Stewart added.

COMMENT: Lythcott also used an application on his phone to translate sexual instructions from English to Spanish.

Lythcott, who supervises security screeners at JFK Airport, allegedly admitted to the agents that he had sex for money with the girls but thought they were 16, which is still illegal. 

He also acknowledged that someone had procured women for him to have sex with the two girls.

Assistant US Attorney Tyler Smith said in court that Lythcott was carrying $2,470 in US currency and $750 in Dominican pesos when he was arrested.

The TSA suspended Lythcott without pay and will begin the process of terminating Lythcott from his $59,000-a-year job.

Magistrate Steven Gold released the alleged sex offender on $250,000 bail and ordered him to steer clear of locations where children congregate, like toys stores, schoolyards, fast food restaurants and the children's section of a library.