FBI Nabs Man Who Groped Woman During Flight


(GoRealNewsNow.com) – The Fеderal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrеsted a man who repeatedly touched a woman nеxt to him on a flight, was banned from Alaska Airlines, and had potential prison time.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Washington, 25-year-old Desmond D. Bostick admitted to the offense on April 11.

He confessеd to touching the woman, a stranger, to satisfy his sexual desires during a June 20 Alaska Airlines flight from San Diego to Seattle, as per his plea agreement filed in Seattle federal court.

Court documents revealed that throughout the flight, Bostick used a blanket to conceal his hand while touching the woman’s thigh for over three hours, only pausing when others walked by to use the restroom.

He also groped the woman’s buttocks twice as she stood up to let another passenger pass into the aisle and return to their seat, prosecutors stated.

According to court records, the woman, too frightened to speak up, repeatedly tried to move away from Bostick without success.

Upon landing in Seattle, Bostick swiftly exited the plane while the woman promptly informed Alaska Airlines flight attendants of the incident, triggering a police inquiry.

Moreover, the airline staff provided Bostick’s identity to Port of Seattle Police, who could not locate him, and sought assistance from the FBI. Bostick was eventually found and arrested on February 9.

An Alaska Airlines spokesperson informed the Miami Herald that Bostick is now prohibited from flying with Alaska or Horizon, another airline under the Alaska Air Group.

Prosecutors are suggesting a nine-month prison term, though U.S. District Judge Jamal N. Whitehead is not obligated to follow their recommendation, with the maximum sentence for Bostick’s offense being 10 years.

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