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Woman testifies stranger groped her on United N.J. flight

By Associated Press


NEWARK, N.J. >> A woman who accuses a fellow airline passenger of molesting her on a flight from Phoenix to Newark, N.J., says the ordeal left her feeling "contaminated."

The woman testified in federal court in Newark on Wednesday in the trial of North Bergen resident Bawer Aksal, who's charged with sexual abuse.

The woman told authorities she was on a United Airlines flight last summer when she awoke to find Aksal had slipped his hands into her blouse and shorts.

The Jersey Journal newspaper reports the woman said in her testimony the stranger whispered "kiss me" into her ear when she woke up. She says the ordeal left her feeling "completely humiliated" and "contaminated."

Aksal denies the charge. His attorney says the scenario described by the woman is far-fetched.

The trial resumes Monday.

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lee1957 wrote:
Thought it might be Galen Fox for a minute.
on July 10,2013 | 11:45AM
allie wrote:
on July 10,2013 | 12:28PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
Thought it might be Bill Clinton for a minute.
on July 10,2013 | 11:49AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Dangerous up there.
on July 10,2013 | 01:24PM
inverse wrote:
Was in the news that self-defense training is offered to woman, however that training should also include how women handle such a situation such as this on the plane. The training is to emphasie to make BIG NOISE and scene on the airplane and yell at the top of a womans voice is to get your F N hands off of me. Draw attention to herself and the assailant and demand flight attendants move her to another seat immediately. Woman should not keep quiet and not want to draw attention until much later after the incident occurs. Guarantee many men will come to this woman's aid and offer to switch seats and be willing to sit next to the perv for the rest of the flight and if he continues to harass this woman, "tune" this guy up. If he is a big guy, multiple guys can take the guy, one high, one low, etc.
on July 10,2013 | 01:16PM
Mei mei wrote:
sheesh... it's like theres no place safe anymore...
on July 10,2013 | 03:35PM
Maili2 wrote:
i'm not saying this guy is guilty, but if he did do it, there are a lot of people like him and they are so crazy they don't even think they will get caught. If he did do this, hope he gets a rude awakening.
on July 10,2013 | 04:47PM
Anonymous wrote:
Was it a "night" flight ?? Will never happen if it was during the day. Too much traffic in the aisle. The flight attendants not blind. Was drinks being served ?? Not the full story to believe.
on July 11,2013 | 06:07AM
cojef wrote:
Circumstances doesn't change the offense?? A molestation is just that, unless enticed by suggestive okay to play.
on July 11,2013 | 07:34AM
pcman wrote:
Lesson to the wise: If you don't wear panties and bra, you might be inviting unintended visitors. If you wear loose shorts and blouse at night on an airplane you might also invite patronage, like ladies of the night do. Just wear pants and a sweater.
on July 11,2013 | 08:51AM
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