Jury finds Clarksville mom guilty in airport pat down case - WKRN News 2

Jury finds Clarksville mom guilty in airport pat down case

Posted: Updated: Oct 23, 2012 02:54 PM CDT
Andrea Abbott was charged with disorderly conduct for the July 2011 confrontation. Andrea Abbott was charged with disorderly conduct for the July 2011 confrontation.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Jurors on Tuesday found a Clarksville mother guilty of berating Transportation Security Administration officers trying to pat down her teenage daughter at the Nashville airport last year.

Andrea Abbott was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct following the confrontation in July of 2011.
 
She was sentenced to one year probation.  If she has no violations in that year, the conviction will be expunged from her record.  Abbott faced a maximum sentence of 30 days in jail and a $50 fine.

Transportation Security Officer Karen King testified on Monday 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 a pat-down for herself and was arrested.
 
Abbott acknowledged on Monday that she did say a few curse words but said she wasn't in anyone's face and had a "normal conversation" about why she believed the pat-down to be inappropriate.

Closings arguments wrapped up just after 10 a.m. Tuesday.  The jury returned with the verdict shortly before 2 p.m.

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