A 28-year-old Indian doctor has been arrested for allegedly groping a minor girl sitting next to him on a New Jersey-bound United Airlines flight.
The 16-year-old girl, who was traveling alone on July 23, was asleep on the flight, when a stranger’s hand on her thigh awakened her.
The man, identified as Vijakumar Krishnappa, sitting next to her quickly removed his hand.
The teenager went back to sleep again.
Then, she woke up again and this time, the man was groping her.
She reported the incident to the airline crew and was allowed to move seats.
Once the flight from Seattle landed at Newark Liberty International Airport, the girl called her parents.
Meanwhile, the accused left the airport, said Johnny McCray, an attorney for the girl’s family.
The girl’s family has filed a complaint against United Airlines for failing to detain Krishnappa after the alleged assault.
Krishnappa’s whereabouts have been tracked through an electronic monitoring system.
Krishnappa was charged in the federal court in Newark, a day after the incident, according to court records filed by the FBI charging him with criminal sexual contact.
Court records show he was arrested and charged with knowingly engaging in sexual contact with a minor female.
He has been released on bond, placed on electronic monitoring, and ordered to not have any contact with minors while the criminal case is pending, according to court records.