Man accused of molesting woman on airplane -

Man accused of molesting woman on airplane

NEWARK, N.J. -- A New Jersey man is facing criminal charges after allegedly molesting a woman on a flight from Phoenix to Newark.

According to, Bawer Aksal, 48, appeared in federal court Wednesday after being arrested for sex abuse.

Aksal was on a United Airlines flight on Monday when he allegedly began touching the breasts and genitals of the woman sitting next to him.

The woman awoke when Aksal whispered “kiss me,” and discovered that his hands were inside her shorts and shirt.

The woman walked to the back of the plane where she told a flight attendant what happened, said officials.

Aksal admitted to authorities that he touched the woman, but claimed that she had forced his hand onto her lap.

Aksal was detained by police when the flight landed in Newark. says he faces up to life in prison if convicted.

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