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NEW YORK: A 58-year old man from India has been arrested for sexually touching a fellow woman passenger on a flight from Los Angeles to New Jersey.
Veerabhadrarao Kunam, who comes from Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, was arrested on Saturday after the flight landed at Newark.
He has been charged with abusive sexual contact.
The incident happened on the Virgin America flight in which Kunam was seated next the woman. When the woman went to sleep, Kunam started touching her genitals and rubbing his feet against hers. The woman woke up and reportedly Kunam’s behaviour to her male travel companion.
When her male companion questioned Kunam, the Indian tried to pacify him by offering to buy the man a drink. The incident was brought to the notice of the flight crew who alerted law enforcement at Newark where Kunam was nabbed on arrival.
Kunam was produced in the Newark federal court where judge Joseph Dickson released him on a $50,000 bond. He could be jailed for two years and fined $250,000.