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Man charged with groping woman on Hawaiian Airlines flight

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 11:36 a.m. HST, Aug 20, 2012

A passenger aboard a recent Hawaiian Airlines flight from Manila to Honolulu is in federal custody after authorities allege he groped a woman sitting next to him, the FBI said.

Luavalu Seuvaai, 22, of American Samoa, was expected to be arraigned Monday in federal court in Honolulu on a charge of abusive sexual contact. He could not be reached for comment. 

According to a court affidavit, Seuvaai and the woman initially had a conversation during last week’s flight about their backgrounds and travels. The woman had taken some cold medicine and was trying to sleep when she realized he had placed her hand on his crotch. He then proceeded to touch her legs, the skin near her waist and then one of her breasts, the court documents said.

The woman, identified only as MW, “realized Seuvaai was attempting to touch her sexually and was not merely bumping MW while trying to find a comfortable position in his seat,” according to the documents.  

When Seuvaai began fondling the woman’s breast under her bra, she pushed his hand away and pressed the button to summon a flight attendant, the affidavit said. Under questioning, Seuvaai said the woman had placed her hand on his leg and figured she was flirting with him.

“After denying any sexual contact with MW, Seuvaai decided to change his statement and confessed that he did indeed touch MW sexually without her consent,” the document said. 

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hilopango wrote:
My fist would have accidently found his face first, THEN I would call the flight attendant!
on August 20,2012 | 12:47PM
allie wrote:
He comes from a male-centered culture that demeans females. I see way too much of that out here
on August 21,2012 | 07:24AM
silvangold wrote:
HA. or his groin instead of his face! for goodness sakes....not even safe up in the air!
on August 20,2012 | 01:28PM
HD36 wrote:
Solie must of thought he was still in the Phillipines.
on August 20,2012 | 02:17PM
Oye_Como_Va wrote:
Hey, the guy wanted to see what it was like in the 'Mile High Club'. Not like being in Olongapo. Bad move bro.
on August 20,2012 | 05:14PM
Oahuan wrote:
Something's wrong. This women can give detail description of what happened all the while being under the cold medicine? Don't know about the rest of you guys but I would've summond the flight attendant as soon as he place my hands on his crotch.
on August 20,2012 | 02:45PM
nitpikker wrote:
are you trying to defend the guy???
on August 20,2012 | 03:28PM
NoFire wrote:
they would be summoning a coroner if it happened to my wife or daughters.
on August 20,2012 | 03:05PM
Bean808 wrote:
I doubt that. They would need to find the body first!
on August 21,2012 | 09:55AM
Denominator wrote:
He's in federal custody and they say he couldn't be reached for comment?
on August 20,2012 | 05:33PM
allie wrote:
the dude is busy
on August 21,2012 | 07:39AM
Dimbulb wrote:
A woman's body has natural defenses from getting pregnant from a legitimate grope. Conservative Republicans 2012
on August 21,2012 | 04:39AM
allie wrote:
on August 21,2012 | 07:39AM
Gibsons1girl wrote:
Bwahahaha! That totally made my day!
on August 21,2012 | 08:30AM
deesha wrote:
can't help it when the poor guy ain't from AMERICA!
on August 21,2012 | 10:57AM
mitt_grund wrote:
I guess America Samoa is just like Hawaii, not a part of the U.S.
on August 21,2012 | 12:12PM
bubbaButt wrote:
Green Banana, the new Viagra...
on August 21,2012 | 01:05PM
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