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15-year-old Reported Inappropriate Touching by Elder on a Flight to Seattle; Lands in Jail after Sentencing

15-year-old Reported Inappropriate Touching by Elder on a Flight to Seattle; Lands in Jail after Sentencing

A 70-year-old man from Andrews, North Carolina has been sentenced to 6 months in custody and 12 months of supervised release after committing an assault on an aircraft traveling from Atlanta to Seattle. The announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Tessa M. Gorman.

A man has been charged with abusive sexual contact on an aircraft for allegedly groping a minor during a Delta Airlines flight from Atlanta to Seattle, as reported by federal officials.

A 69-year-old man from Andrews, North Carolina is accused of inappropriately touching a victim while he appeared to be sleeping, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Washington.

A 15-year-old girl was traveling with her guardian and her guardian’s 12-year-old daughter at the time.

Roberson was initially occupying a different seat when the guardian of the victim politely requested him to relocate. He chose the window seat, while the person claiming to be the victim sat in the middle seat and a 12-year-old girl occupied the aisle seat.

After the flight began, the supposed victim claimed that Roberson accidentally dropped his headphones. According to a federal complaint, Roberson expressed gratitude to the person who picked up the items for him, stating, “Thank you, I don’t know what I would do without you.”

Roberson consumed two beverages before he seemed to doze off. Initially, he purportedly placed his pinky on the victim’s thigh, leading her to believe it was unintentional due to his apparent sleep. According to the complaint, he reportedly proceeded to touch her inappropriately.

The victim reported the incident to her guardian, who sought assistance from a flight attendant.

Roberson was relocated to another seat, and authorities were present at the Seattle airport when the plane landed. Roberson was taken to the Federal Detention Center at SeaTac on Wednesday, as per authorities as reported in justice.gov.

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