NEWARK, N.J. — A 29-year-old man pleaded guilty to assaulting a girl on a flight from Seattle, Washington to Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey.

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According to court documents, during a United Airlines flight from Seattle to Newark on July 23, 2017, Vijaykumar Krishnappa assaulted a teen girl seated next to him on the flight.

Krishnappa admitted that as the victim was asleep he intentionally touched her near her groin over her leggings without her consent.

Krishnappa pleaded guilty in Newark federal court.

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Krishnappa will face 30 and 90 days in prison, according to the plea agreement.

Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 17, 2018.


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