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Woman sexually assaulted by seat mate on flight from Hong Kong to Newark

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Fellow passengers began kicking the seat of a sleeping woman who the FBI said was being groped and fingered by a 63-year-old New Jersey man aboard a Continental Airlines flight from Hong Kong to Newark. He was immediately arrested once the plane landed.


Ramesh Advani of Berkeley Heights is charged with abusive sexual contact.

The woman had a blanket covering part of her body as she slept, federal authorities said.

At some point, Advani “reached his hand under the Victim’s blanket, and knowingly and intentionally touched the Victim in the area of the Victim’s genitalia, groin and inner thigh,” according to a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Newark.

He then “inserted one or more of his fingers into, and penetrated, the Victim’s genitalia,” it says.

Two passengers sitting directly behind them witnessed the incident — which they said ended when Advani reached inside his own pants and cleaned his genitals with a handful of napkins.

The good Samaritans began kicking her chair. She awoke, “went to the bathroom and then alerted the Flight’s crew members….”

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