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Kuwaiti man charged with abusive sexual contact on flight from California to New Jersey

NEW JERSEY – A Kuwaiti man appeared in federal court Friday for alleged abusive sexual contact with a female passenger on a flight to Newark Liberty International Airport, U.S. Attorney Philip Sellinger announced Friday.

Hasan Naser Hussain Alenezi, 18, of Kuwait, is charged with one count of abusive sexual contact on an airplane. He had an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge  José R. Almonte in Newark federal court and was released on $100,000 unsecured bond, with home detention and GPS monitoring, Sellinger said.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court, while on a Nov. 27, 2022, flight from Los Angeles, California, to Newark, Alenezi sat next to a female passenger, who was seated next to the window, instead of sitting in his assigned seat. Alenezi was unknown to the victim. While seated next to the victim, Alenezi repeatedly touched her groin and leg without her permission.

The abusive sexual contact charge is punishable by a maximum penalty of two years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

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