Man Abused Sleeping Woman On Plane

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NEWARK, N.J., Aug. 16 (UPI) — A 65-year-old New Jersey man received a one-year prison sentence for sexually assaulting a sleeping woman during a flight.

Ramesh Advani, of Berkeley Heights, had pleaded guilty in April to reaching under the woman’s blanket and sexually assaulting her during a Continental Airlines flight from Hong Kong to Newark in May 2010, NewJerseyNewsroom.com reported.

U.S. District Judge Dennis Cavanaugh also sentenced Advani to five years of supervised release and ordered him to pay a $10,000 fine.

Passengers who witnessed the abuse kicked the woman’s seat and when she awoke and realized what Advani had been doing informed airline employees, said Paul J. Fishman, U.S. Attorney for New Jersey.

Advani was detained until police arrived after the plane landed at Liberty International Airport in Newark.

The federal government has sole jurisdiction in sexual abuse cases in U.S. planes over international waters because the crimes don’t fall under any state’s jurisdiction, the U.S. Justice Department Web site says, NewJerseyNewsroom.com reported.

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