Feds: Sickening Sex Assault of Sleeping Woman On Airplane

By Jonathan Dienst
|  Tuesday, May 25, 2010  |  Updated 3:57 PM EDT
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A 63 year-old New Jersey man has been arrested for reaching under the blanket of a sleeping woman aboard a Continental flight and sexually abusing her. 

Ramesh Advani was arrested by the FBI when Flight 98 from landed at Newark Liberty airport. The woman and two witnesses described a sickening encounter on the flight from Hong Kong.

Advani allegedly touched the woman's "genitalia, groin and inner thigh" all while he moved  "napkins around inside of his pants," court papers said.

Two passengers witnessed the alleged sexual assault and kicked the woman's chair in an attempt to wake her up.  Investigators would not say if the woman had taken sleeping pills or other medication for the international flight.

U.S. attorney Paul Fishman said Advani, who is from Berkley Heights, could face up to 3 years in prison if convicted.  This case is under federal jurisdiction because the plane was over international waters when the alleged attack occurred.

Advani is expected to be arraigned in Newark federal court later Monday.  Advani's attorney John Arlia declined to comment on the charges.   

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