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Woman on United Airlines flight woke up to find man fondling her chest, prosecutors say

A woman on a United Airlines flight woke up to find the passenger next to her stroking her chest, according to federal officials.

Prosecutors say when the woman yelled ‘get away from me’ the male passenger got up and went to the back of the plane where he told a traffic light attendant he had ‘assaulted sexually the woman sitting next to him”.

The flight was bound for Washington Dulles International Airport in Virginia from Las Vegas when the alleged incident happened on December 24.

Ivan Lopez Jr, 26, faces a charge of abusive sexual contact abroad on a plane and could be jailed for up to two years if convicted, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District said. of Virginia.

“The indictment alleges that she awoke with Lopez repeatedly rubbing her right breast. When the passenger opened her eyes, she allegedly saw Lopez leaning over her and her right hand was resting on her her right breast,” officials said in a statement.

The victim told an FBI agent that Mr. Lopez touched her for about 10 seconds and that it was “not accidental,” according to an affidavit in the case.

A flight attendant told the FBI that Mr Lopez admitted to groping the woman and “further stated that he thought he was in trouble and that he was sorry”.

The flight attendant immediately moved the suspect from the 12th row to the 21st row to separate him from the woman.

Mr. Lopez told an FBI agent that “he wanted to get the woman’s attention by pushing her over his right shoulder, so he could ask her what she was listening to in her headphones,” the report said. affidavit.

And he also claimed the turbulence caused him to “accidentally” poke his chest.

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