Texas Police News.jpg



Galveston Wharves employee used port pass to skip ship security, police say
More Today's News:
ߦ   Texas A&M University - Galveston
ߦ   Hutto Police Department - Hiring Police Officers
ߦ   Recruiting? Contact Texas Police News For Help Recruiting!
ߦ   Austin's defunded police no longer have the staff to monitor sex offenders
ߦ   Fire at Hunter Chase Apartments
ߦ   Husband wanted after stabbing pregnant wife and attempting to set her on fire
ߦ   Law and Error: Should Mistakes Be Adjudicated in Criminal Courts?
ߦ   Nation World Prosecutor: Illinois cop was disarmed, killed with own gun
ߦ   Parents of 1-month-old baby die by suicide days apart from each other
ߦ   Police Activity Report
ߦ   Rep. Nehls Addresses Big Tech Censorship to Twitter CEO
ߦ   St. Louis firefighter dies after roof collapses in vacant house
ߦ   Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton violated open records law, says Travis County DA
ߦ   Alleged intoxicated food delivery driver accused of attacking others, damaging vehicles
ߦ   Dog mauling at assisted living facility not a health care liability claim, justices find
ߦ   Fifth Circuit affirms dismissal of suit against Harris County probate judge
ߦ   Tortious interference suit between Terry & Thweatt and Buzbee Law Firm to continue
ߦ   26th Annual Texas Crime Stoppers Campus Conference
ߦ   Car theft suspect shot at after slamming into police cruiser, Jersey Village PD says
ߦ   Change in state law allows more time for online auto registration

   Next >>
Search Archives:
  • Updated

    A former Port of Galveston employee is accused of using her port credentials to bypass security and COVID screening while boarding a cruise ship in December.

    Cristina Galego, 53, of Galveston, was charged Wednesday with one count of criminal trespass of critical infrastructure facility and one charge of abuse of official capacity.

    The charges stem from an incident at the Port of Galveston on Dec. 16, when Galego and two friends were attempting to board the Carnival Breeze cruise ship, according to a criminal complaint obtained by The Daily News.

    Galego and her friends arrived at the cruise terminal about 2:25 p.m., just minutes before the cutoff for passenger screening for people boarding the ship, according to the complaint.

    Galego dropped off her friends and told a terminal employee she was going to park her car and return to the screening area, according to the complaint.

    Galego returned after the cutoff time and was denied entry at the public entrance, according to the complaint. Galego was told she couldn’t board the ship but upon being turned away told the terminal employee she would “find another way in,” according to the complaint.

    Galego then walked to another doorway at the terminal and used a Transportation Worker Identification Credential, or TWIC card, to open a secure door at the terminal, according to the complaint. She then presented a Port of Galveston identification to a security guard inside the terminal, according to the complaint.

    The security guard told police he believed Galego was acting as a port employee, not a passenger.

    Galego then used an elevator inside the terminal to bypass security and COVID screening, according to the complaint. She then contacted another port employee, Cruise Terminal Manager William Dell, to escort her to the check-in area of the terminal, according to the complaint.

    Dell later told police he didn’t know Galego had bypassed security or medical screening and that it was typical for port employees going on cruises to be escorted to the front of the line at passenger check-in to expedite their boarding.

    A police report released by the Port of Galveston Police Department shows the complaint about Galego was made by an employee of MLSBCC Cruises, a contractor that manages the cruise terminal for Carnival Cruise Lines.

    Both charges are Class A misdemeanors, which carry a potential punishment of up to a year in county jail and fines of up to $4,000.

    Port of Galveston Police Chief Kenneth Brown said the police department obtained a warrant for Galego’s arrest on Tuesday. Galego was listed in custody at the Galveston County Jail on Wednesday afternoon. Her bond was set at $3,000, according to jail records.

    Under Texas law, trespass at a “critical infrastructure facility” charges can apply to people who without permission bypass physical barriers at a port or other type of secure facility.

    Abuse of official capacity charges can be filed against a public servant who intentionally misuses government property or services they possess because of their job.

    Galego had worked for the port since 2007. Her job title was public relations manager, and her duties included media relations, planning special events and assisting in marketing cruise and cargo development. Her salary was $80,000 in 2019, according to public records.

    Galego resigned her position at the port Dec. 21, according to port officials. Port management informed port trustees about Galego’s resignation and a criminal investigation last week, after the port received inquiries from The Daily News.

    Port trustees might discuss the charges at their meeting on Jan. 25, officials said

    Post a comment
    Email Address: (must be a valid address)
    (will not be published or shared)
    Comments: (plain text only)
    Printer Friendly Format  Printer Friendly Format    Send to a Friend  Send to a Friend    RSS Feed  RSS Feed
    © 1999-2022 The Police News. All rights reserved.