August 23, 2012, - 5:25 pm
A North Bergen man is accused of sexually abusing a woman who fell asleep during a five-hour United Airlines flight from Phoenix to Newark Liberty Airport.
Bawer Aksal, 48, was arrested Tuesday when the plane landed.
According to prosecutors, Aksal was seated next to a woman who had the window seat. They didn’t know each other.
At one point during the flight, prosecutors said the woman fell asleep. When she woke up, prosecutors said Aksal had one hand in her shorts and another in her shirt.
According to the FBI complaint, Aksal, who was breathing heavy whispered to the victim “Kiss me.”
Prosecutors said the alarmed woman told Aksal to get off of her and slammed down the armrest. She then told a member of the flight crew what happened. The victim’s story was backed up by the passenger sitting on the other side of Aksal, who was isolated on the plane after the alleged incident and arrested as soon as the flight landed.
Police said the flight crew isolated the suspect on the plane after the alleged assault. . . .
According to the complaint, Aksal was interviewed by law enforcement officers when the plane landed and read his rights. Nonetheless, according to the complaint, Aksal admitted groping the woman, but claimed it was consensual.
Read the federal criminal complaint. I wonder what his immigration status is.
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