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Prosecutors: Man improperly touched woman aboard flight

Published:Wednesday | August 3, 2016 | 8:00 AM

Man improperly touches woman aboard flight

NEWARK, NJ (AP):

Federal prosecutors say a man from India improperly touched a sleeping woman aboard a flight from Los Angeles to New Jersey.

Veerabhadrarao Kunam is charged with abusive sexual contact. He made his initial court appearance Monday and was freed on a US$50,000 bond.

The 58-year-old resident of Visakhapatnam, India, was arrested on Saturday after the flight arrived in Newark.

Prosecutors say Kunam was seated next to a woman who occupied a middle seat on the Virgin America flight. They say Kunam did not know the woman.

Prosecutors say the woman awoke to find Kunam massaging her genitals and rubbing his bare feet against hers. The woman alerted her male travel companion, who confronted Kunam.

Kunam allegedly offered to buy the man a drink. But he declined and reported the incident to a flight crew member.

Kunam's lawyer, Alexander Spiro, declined to comment yesterday.