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Man Accused Of Posing As Airport Security Agent, Patting Down Women At SFO Identified As Banker

SAN FRANCISCO INT'L AIRPORT (KPIX 5) -- Authorities said a man suspected of posing as a security screener at San Francisco International Airport and giving two women private pat downs, has been identified as an investment banker.

Eric Slighton, 53, has addresses in San Francisco and Hong Kong. Slighton has apparently worked for several prominent banks and equity firms in Asia.


Slighton was a ticketed passenger waiting for a flight to Hong Kong on Tuesday. A source told KPIX 5 that he may have had a few too many drinks at an airport lounge.

Authorities said he allegedly lured a foreign female passenger in a private screening area, after she had already been screened. During an alleged second attempt, real airport security agents detained the suspect. Both women continued on their flights.

Authorities said Slighton was wearing a blue polo shirt, khakis and may have swiped gloves to look like a Transportation Security Administration agent.

"TSA is aware of the alleged incident and is cooperating with law enforcement," a statement from the agency said Thursday.

KPIX 5 went to Slighton's listed address in the Presidio area on Thursday, but no one answered the door.

Slighton faces a public drunkenness charge and could face additional charges. He is currently free on $10,000 bail.


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