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Mother found guilty in airport pat-down case

In image from surveillance video, Andrea Abbott (in striped shirt), argues with security personnel at the Nashville International Airport
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(CBS/AP) NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A woman who berated security officers at a Nashville airport for trying to pat down her teenage daughter, and then refused to submit to the procedure herself, has been found guilty of disorderly conduct.

It took jurors about four hours Tuesday to convict 42-year-old Andrea Abbott for the July confrontation. She was sentenced to a year's probation.

Abbott had faced up to 30 days in jail and a $50 fine, according to CBS affiliate WTVF.

Transportation Security Administration Officer Karen King testified that before the pat-down, Abbott yelled in her face that she didn't want anyone "touching her daughter's crotch."

Abbott eventually allowed her then-14-year-old daughter to undergo the pat-down, but then she refused one for herself and was arrested.

Abbott took the stand during the trial and acknowledged that she did say a few curse words but that she had a normal conversation about why she believed the pat-down was inappropriate.

  • Barry Leibowitz

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