A Minnesota man has been sentenced to prison after prosecutors say he sexually assaulted a 16-year-old boy whereas on a airplane.
On April 8, 2019, Neeraj Chopra was on a JetBlue flight from Boston to Minneapolis when he was seated within the center seat subsequent to a 16-year-old boy, courtroom paperwork mentioned.
During the flight, 41-year-old Chopra draped a blanket over his lap and allowed it to cowl a part of the minor’s leg, prosecutors mentioned in a Jan. 28 launch. He then put his hand below the blanket, touching the 16-year-old’s groin and thigh, courtroom paperwork mentioned.
Chopra’s lawyer didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark from McClatchy News.
The teen a number of instances tried to transfer away from Chopra and requested him to cease touching him, in accordance to courtroom paperwork and the information launch. Chopra continued to encroach on the boy’s private house, and the boy started taking images of the encounter as proof, courtroom paperwork mentioned.
The 16-year-old felt so uncomfortable he started to cry due to Chopra’s repeated touching, the paperwork mentioned.
The boy obtained the eye of his brother, who was seated in entrance of him, and when the flight landed, his household spoke with legislation enforcement, the courtroom paperwork mentioned.
During the three-day trial, Chopra mentioned he touched the boy’s internal thigh, groin and genitals “unintentionally” whereas having a “bad dream” on the flight. According to sentencing paperwork, the jury rejected this and located Chopra responsible of abusive sexual contact.
Chopra was sentenced to 15 months in prison.
If you will have skilled sexual assault and want somebody to discuss to, name the National Sexual Assault Hotline for assist at 1-800-656-4673 or go to the hotline’s online chatroom.