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Airport Security Manager Facing Harassment, Indecency Charges

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CLEVELAND -- The security manager at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is facing charges for allegedly making lewd, harassing phone calls to tanning salons.

North Ridgeville police say they have arrested John Dialinos, 45, of North Ridgeville. Dialinos faces charges of telecommunications harassment and public indecency. They say he was using a prepaid cell phone to harass the salons.

For the last two years, workers at Xtreme Tan, as well as other tanning salons in and around North Ridgeville, feared what they may hear when they picked up the phone.

"It was very disturbing to me, very disturbing," said Charlene Scavnicky, co-owner of Xtreme Tan, on Center Ridge Road.  "Yeah I am just happy he is caught."

Airport officials say Dialinos has been on unpaid leave since August 30th. He managed the security office and made sure the airport is in compliance with security regulations.  

Police say tanning salon workers say the calls would start out like a regular business call.

"A male would call and start asking legitimate questions," said Lt. Greg Petek. "What are the store hours, what kind of packages do they offer and after he would start asking lewd questions."

In December, police set up a trace on the tanning salon phone lines. They soon learned it was a pre-paid cellular phone that was used to make the calls, and that the caller was near the salon when the call was made.

"It was apparent to us that the subject that was making the phone calls was masking or trying to cover up any detection from law enforcement," Petek said.

Police say he also made calls Tan City, and one to Tru Tan. He is also being looked at by police in other communities as well. He is due in court Wednesday.

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