BOSTON (WHDH) - A Boston police sergeant was charged with repeatedly making false statements to the TSA so that he could fly armed on personal trips without being screened by security.

Bruce E. Smith, 53, of Randolph, is accused of flying armed with a weapon multiple times from Logan Airport while not on official police business.

A criminal complaint alleges that between April 2011 and April 2017, Smith flew armed on about 28 flights departing from Logan Airport. The complaint also stated that Smith unlawfully entered a secure airport area with intent to evade security requirements.

Smith is also accused of escorting his cousin with a criminal record through Logan Airport by falsely claiming that he was a “dignitary” under his official police escort. The criminal complaint said

Court documents show Smith has been employed with the Boston Police Department since 1989. Police said Smith has been placed on administrative leave and has surrendered his badge and service weapon.

Smith appeared in federal court on Wednesday.

Statement from Boston Police Commissioner William Evans:

“The allegations contained in the complaint are troubling to me. I hold my officers to the highest of standards and expect that they conduct themselves in a truthful and professional manner both on and off duty. As law enforcement professionals, we have an obligation and a responsibility to enforce and obey laws, not exploit them for personal convenience.”

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