FBI: Ga. man groped sleeping woman on airplane

AP News
Posted: Oct 20, 2010 9:14 PM
FBI: Ga. man groped sleeping woman on airplane

Authorities have charged a 61-year-old Georgia man who they say fondled a fellow airplane passenger as she slept.

The U.S. attorney's office in Atlanta said Wednesday that Ranchhodbhai Lakha of Alpharetta faces various sexual assault charges.

Authorities say that on a Sept. 28 Delta flight from Dallas to Atlanta, a 20-year-old woman awoke to Lahka touching her below the waist. The woman says she removed Lakha's hand and told him to stop.

Prosecutors say when Lakha tried to touch her again she told a flight attendant.

An FBI investigation shows Lakha may have done something similar before.

A man who answered the phone at a number listed for Lakha said he had no comment on the allegations.