Published: Wed, October 24, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Man Cites ‘Trump Defense’ After Being Accused Of Groping Woman On Flight

Man Cites ‘Trump Defense’ After Being Accused Of Groping Woman On Flight

Alexander was arrested Sunday by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on an abusive sexual contact charge at Albuquerque International Sunport.

If convicted, Alexander could face up to two years in prison and a $250,000 fine, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. A lawyer representing Alexander could not be reached for comment late Monday.

The woman said she fell asleep shortly after takeoff and woke up when she felt Alexander's hand grab her right breast. She initially brushed it off as an accident, but it happened again 30 minutes later.

However, agents noticed his thick fingers with dirty nails and dark hair matched the description the woman provided of the hands she said had groped her, according to the complaint.

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"C.W. felt fingers slowly grab the back of her arm, squeezing above the elbow", the complaint said.

The woman said she felt Alexander's hand move from behind her and grab her right breast.

That's when, according to the woman, she got up, reprimanded Alexander, and ordered him to stop touching her.

Alexander was seated in a window seat aboard Southwest Flight 5421, behind a woman whom authorities only identified by her initials. When aware of a potentially harmful situation - whether first-hand or reported by someone else - our flight attendants are trained to re-seat customers and notify the pilots to request law enforcement, as appropriate.

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He was apparently referencing a 2005 video in which Trump can be heard saying: "And when you're a star, they let you do it". After he was handcuffed, he asked what sentence he faced on the charge against him, according to the complaint. "You can do anything", Trump said on the tape.

Alexander told investigators that he slept for most of the flight. He "could not specifically recall getting into his backpack", which was stowed under the seat in front of him, according to the complaint. "Our reports indicate that during the flight, the crew reseated at least one customer onboard", Southwest told TIME. Southwest referred questions to authorities.

A Florida man aboard a Southwest Airlines flight was detained on Sunday for allegedly groping a female passenger.

Alexander remains in custody pending a preliminary hearing and a detention hearing scheduled for Tuesday.

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