Thomas Harkins was removed from the Catholic Church in 2002 following allegations that he molested two grade-school girls. He was never charged criminally but the Diocese of Camden settled a civil lawsuit over the allegations for $195,000, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Monday.
The TSA hired him four months later -- without performing a background check, the report said.
The TSA did dismiss Harkins after learning of his background because, officials said, an allegation alone does not merit action.
Harkins is now a supervisor and has not performed patdowns since 2004, TSA officials told the newspaper.