Air marshal accused of taking photos under skirts

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    UNDATED (CNN) -- Caught using a cell phone to take pictures up women's dresses at the airport, a federal air marshal now faces criminal charges. A passenger on the plane saw what the man was doing.

    What happened on the plane disturbed several women at Nashville International Airport. Police say Federal Air Marshal Adam Bartsch was on duty when he got caught pointing a camera up women's skirts and taking photos as they walked down the aisle of an airplane.

    Another passenger on that Southwest Airlines flight says he noticed something strange when he sat down next to Bartsch. Passenger Rey Collazo says, "His left hand was holding his phone, and it was in the aisle. In my mind, I said, 'I know he's not taking pictures of the girls as they goin' by. Next thing I know, a lady walked by, the phone went to the aisle and he -- click click click click."

    What Collazo didn't know was the man with the cell phone was a federal air marshal.

    He says he confronted the 28-year-old and told a flight attendant what was happening. Then, when he says it looked like Bartsch was trying to delete the photos, he snatched the phone out of his hand.

    Police say Bartsch admitted taking about a dozen inappropriate photos. He faces a charge of disorderly conduct. He was released Thursday night on $10,000 bail.

    The TSA says Bartsch has been removed from his current duties. The agency is apparently in the process of deciding whether he'll be fired or suspended.

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