Lawyer Convicted Of Lewd Acts While Onboard A
Continental Airlines Flight
June 25, 2012 - Leonard Julius Sawyerr, 33, now
of Houston, has been convicted of two counts of
lewd, indecent, or obscene acts on a Continental
Airlines flight from Los Angeles, California, to
Houston. Sawyerr, who holds a law license in the
state of California, entered the guilty plea on
Thursday before U.S. Magistrate Judge George C.
On February 14, 2011, Sawyerr boarded a
Continental Airlines flight from Los Angeles,
California, to Houston. He occupied the middle
seat and a woman whom he did not know occupied
the window seat next to him. According to
information presented in court, Sawyerr insisted
the arm rest between he and the woman remain
raised to eliminate any physical barrier, and
during the flight, he continuously asked her
When efforts to terminate the conversations
failed, the woman put on her earphones and began
watching a movie on her iPhone.
some point during the flight, Sawyerr raised his
tray table, and the woman observed his erect
genitals protruding out of his pants. As she
tried to move, he got up and turned towards her
with his genitals exposed, at which time he
asked if she wanted to climb over him.
At that point, she was able to change seats, and
he then put his genitals back in his pants.
sometime during the flight, a Continental
Airlines flight attendant was in the rear galley
with co-workers preparing a serving cart when
she observed Sawyerr walking towards the rear of
the aircraft and enter the bathroom.
The flight attendant noted he was staring at her
strangely which made her feel uncomfortable.
Sawyerr exited the bathroom and began to return
to his seat but suddenly looked back, turned
around, and walked back towards her.
He entered the bathroom again and, upon his
exit, opened his jacket, revealing his erect
genitals sticking out of his pants. When the
flight attendant told him he was being
inappropriate, Sawyerr stated, “Can’t a guy have
his fly undone?” and returned to his seat.