GOP lawmaker claims TSA agent assaulted him during pat-down

Rep. Francisco "Quico" Canseco (R-Texas) is accusing the Transportation Security Administration of assaulting him at a Texas airport. 

Canseco, a freshman lawmaker, said in an interview with a San Antonio television station that he was improperly touched during a pat-down earlier this month at the San Antonio International Airport.

"The agent was very aggressive in his pat-down, and he was patting me down where no one is supposed to go,” Canseco said in the interview with Texas television station KENS 5. “It got very uncomfortable so I moved his hand away. That stopped everything and brought in supervisors and everyone else."

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Canseco told the station that the TSA agent also claimed he was assaulted in the incident, leading to San Antonio police being called, though he said no one received a ticket. 

Canseco added that he was given another pat-down a week later, which he said was not a coincidence.

“I asked them why are you going to pat me down again, so we discussed it further and after discussing it further, they patted me down," he said. 

Canseco said police were called again in the second incident, but again he said no tickets were issued.

TSA did not immediately respond to requests for comment.