crimes and misdemeanors

Jersey Man Accused of Groping Sleeping Woman on Airplane

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JULY 26: Ground crews work on a United Airlines plane at San Francisco International Airport on July 26, 2012 in San Francisco, California. United Continental Holdings reported a 37 percent second quarter loss with earnings of $339 million or 89 cents a share compared to $538 million or $1.39 a share one year ago. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Photo: Justin Sullivan/2012 Getty Images

Federal prosecutors charged a 48-year-old New Jersey man Wednesday with sexual abuse for allegedly molesting a woman sleeping in a seat next to him on an August 20 United red-eye flight from Phoenix to Newark, reports NBC New York. According to the complaint, Bawer Aksal reached under a jacket across her seat and into her shorts, “with his fingers penetrating her vaginal opening and anus,” according to the complaint. He also creepily whispered to her “Kiss me,” at which point she shoved him off and reported the incident. Aksal admitted to touching her “but claimed the Victim forced his hand into her vagina.”

Jersey Man Accused of Groping Woman on Plane