Man Facing Federal Charges for Allegedly Groping Woman on Flight

A 49-year-old Tampa man is facing federal charges after being accused of inappropriate behavior on a flight.

The man appeared in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., on a criminal complaint charging him with abusive sexual contact.  The charge against the man arose out of an in-flight incident while traveling on a Southwest Airlines flight from Houston to Albuquerque.

The criminal complaint alleges he groped a woman in the seat in front of him. The woman then requested that flight attendants move her to a different seat.A conviction on the abusive sexual contact charge carries a maximum penalty of two years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

This case was investigated by the Albuquerque office of the FBI and the Albuquerque Police Department.

Crimes aboard aircraft fall within the FBI’s jurisdiction. Sex crimes on flights are surprisingly common. In 2014 there were 38 cases of in-flight sexual assault reported to the FBI. In 2015, that number increased to 63.

While there are certain people that are sexually assaulted on airplanes, not every accusation of sexual assault or unlawful sexual conduct has merit. Sex crimes cases are rarely as black and white as that.

That’s why if you’re facing a charge of sexual assault or rape, it is absolutely vital for you to call an experienced Ft Lauderdale Criminal Defense Attorney.

Don’t even think about trying to explain things to the police before you call us. You need an experienced lawyer who has your best interest at your side. Call the Law Offices of Richard Della Fera.