Indian National Pleads Guilty To Assaulting Sleeping Girl On Airplane


Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick announced Thursday an Indian national pleaded guilty to assault in the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States.

Judge And JuryTwenty-nine-year-old Vijaykumar Krishnappa assaulted a young girl on a flight from Seattle, Washington to Newark Liberty International Airport on July 23, 2017. He “intentionally assaulted” the victim who was seated next to him on the flight, according to court documents.

The victim was sleeping, when Krishnappa touched her “near her groin over her leggings” with her consent. He is facing up to 90 days in prison. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for January 17, 2018.

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