A man sexually assaulted a woman on a flight, who was accompanied by her daughter on the plane.
Woman travelling with daughter assaulted
James Clayton Cholewinski- boy, 32, was seated next to the woman on American Airlines flight 807. He started touching her arm not long after the plane took off. The victim pushed him away.
He then proceeded to “grab her by the crotch,” which she reported to the crew members. He allegedly apologised while throwing his hands up when she pushed him off again, asking him to stop. The man is now facing a charge of abusive sexual conduct for the alleged groping. Due to this incident, the plane which was headed for Salt Lake City was diverted to Oklahoma.
The plane left from Charlotte, North Carolina on Tuesday and landed at Tulsa International Airport. The diversion had to be taken so that Cholewinski- Boy could be removed. He was arrested right away at the airport for public intoxication, as stated in the court filing. He was released a day later and was charged on Friday. Federal prosecutors in the Northern District of Oklahoma charged him.
FBI pitches in with reports
The federal bureau of Investigation sought to raise awareness about the assaults of this nature on flights. Officials also warned the public of the “serious federal crime” which is on the rise. They also said that women and minors were the typical victims in these cases.
Reports of on- flight sexual assault shot up from 38 in 2014 to 63 in the year 2017, the agency said. The authorities also added that many crimes go unreported, which might show the actual number of assaults.
The agency said that unwanted touching by men was the usual kind of sexual assault that takes place on aircraft.
“Unfortunately, people don’t think things like this happen on aeroplanes,” Caryn Highley said. She is a special agent in the FBI’s Seattle Division. She added that there is a general perception that there is a bubble of safety on an aeroplane.
It is unclear as to whether Cholewinski- Boy has a lawyer.
The flight crew moved the victim and her daughter to another part of the aeroplane following her reporting him. A statement released by the American airlines thanked it’s employees for separating the passengers “immediately.”