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Three months jail for molesting sleeping girl on plane

January 15, 2018 Headline News No Comments Email Email

A doctor visiting from India, who admitted assaulting a 16-year-old girl on a domestic flight, has been sentenced to three months jail.

The incident happened on a US domestic sector from Seattle, Washington to Newark Liberty International Airport, New Jersey, US Attorney Craig Carpenito said.

Vijaykumar Krishnappa, 29, pleaded guilty before US Magistrate Judge James B. Clark in Newark federal court to assault in the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States.

According to documents filed in the case and statements made in court, Krishnappa intentionally assaulted a girl who was unknown to him and seated next to him on the United Airlines flight from Seattle to Newark on 23 July 2017.

Krishnappa admitted that while the victim was asleep, he intentionally touched her near her groin over her leggings without her consent.

Reports in the US said Krishnappa was studying medicine in the US under a fellowship for doctors from foreign counties.

The girl reportedly woke in the middle of the assault and asked for help. Even after a flight attendant moved her seat, the girl, who was travelling alone, was still terrified. When the girl’s mother learned of the incident from her daughter she contacted United Airlines and police, who tracked Krishnappa down.

US Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Timothy Gallagher in Newark, and the Port Authority of New York-New Jersey, with the investigation leading to the sentencing this month.

Written by Peter Needham

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