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Flight diverted after teenage girl allegedly assaulted by drunk man on plane

An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-890 airplane. (REUTERS/Jason Redmond)

A flight from Portland, Oregon to Anchorage, Alaska, had to be diverted after a 16-year-old girl on the plane was allegedly assaulted by a drunk man sitting next to her on the plane. According to a police report, she woke up feeling the 23-year old man’s hand on her thigh, tried to push it away, after which the man started to forcibly kiss her. Another man in the row intervened, at which point the pilot was notified and made the decision to divert his plane to the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The man, 23-year-old Jesse Salas from Redondo Beach, California, was reportedly visibly intoxicated and had to be separated from the girl for the rest of the flight. As soon as the plane landed, he was arrested on charges of fourth-degree assault and jailed on a $1,000 bond, while the girl was able to continue her flight to Anchorage.

It is the second allegation of an unaccompanied teenager being assaulted on a plane this week: on June 15, 26-year-old Chad Cameron was arrested for allegedly molesting a 13-year-old girl flying unaccompanied from Dallas to Portland, Oregon.

Read the full story at The Washington Post.

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