Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods
In-flight crime
May 21, 2010: A New Jersey man was arrested for reaching under the blanket of the woman sleeping next to him aboard a Continental flight from Hong Kong to Newark, N.J., and sexually abusing her. According to court papers, Advani allegedly touched the woman's "genitalia, groin and inner thigh" while moving "napkins around inside of his pants. "This description came from the victim and two passengers seated behind her who witnessed the assault and kicked the woman's chair in an attempt to wake her. Investigators would not say if the woman had taken sleeping pills or other medication for the international flight. Ramesh Advani, 63, was arrested by the FBI when the plane landed at Newark Liberty airport. Advani could face up to three years in prison if convicted. This case is under federal jurisdiction because the plane was over international waters when the alleged assault occurred.
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