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United Airlines Passenger Admits Abusive Sexual Contact Of Sleeping Woman

September 11, 2014 - A Louisiana man on Wednesday admitted sexually touching a sleeping woman who did not know him aboard a flight from Houston to Newark Liberty International Airport. 

Devender Singh, 62, an Indian national who lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Stanley R. Chesler in Newark federal court to abusive sexual contact. 

According to the documents filed in this case and statements made in court Singh was seated next to a woman who occupied a window seat on a United Airlines flight from Houston to Newark. While the plane was in the air, the woman fell asleep. She awoke to find Singh kissing her face with his hand inside her shirt. 


After pushing Singh off of her and telling him to get away, the woman went to the back of the plane and told a flight crew member what had happened, asking that the police be present when the plane landed. 

The federal government has exclusive jurisdiction over all sexual abuse cases that occur on aircraft in flight in the United States. The charge to which Singh pleaded guilty carries a maximum potential penalty of two years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 23, 2014.



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