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Visakhapatnam man pleads guilty to assaulting woman co-passenger on US flight

58-year-old Veerabhadrarao Kunam had touched the passenger on a Virgin America red-eye flight from Los Angeles to New Jersey last year, a US attorney said Thursday.

india Updated: Feb 17, 2017 12:01 IST
An Indian man inappropriately touched a woman seated next to him on a Virgin America flight from Los Angeles to Newark on July 29 and 30 2016.
An Indian man inappropriately touched a woman seated next to him on a Virgin America flight from Los Angeles to Newark on July 29 and 30 2016.(AP Photo/ Representative image)

An Indian man has pleaded guilty to charges of inappropriately touching a female co-passenger after she fell asleep aboard a New Jersey-bound flight.

58-year-old Veerabhadrarao Kunam had touched the passenger on a Virgin America red-eye flight from Los Angeles to New Jersey last year, a US attorney said Thursday.

Kunam, a resident of Visakhapatnam, was arrested on July 30 after his flight arrived in Newark and was taken into federal custody by the FBI.

He faces 30 to 60 days in prison and up to 90 days in an inpatient alcohol treatment centre.

He will be sentenced on March 22 in federal court in Newark.

According to documents filed and statements made in court, Kunam was seated next to a woman who occupied a middle seat on a Virgin America red-eye flight from Los Angeles to Newark on July 29 and 30 last year.

While the plane was in air, the woman fell asleep.

Kunam admitted that while the victim was asleep, he inappropriately touched the woman.

The woman woke up and found Kunam touching her, she alerted her male travel companion, who confronted Kunam.

Investigators said Kunam offered to buy the man a drink, but he declined and reported what had happened to a flight crew member.