NJ man admits sex assault on Continental jet

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Posted: Apr 12, 2011 3:56 PM
NJ man admits sex assault on Continental jet

A New Jersey man has admitted he fondled a sleeping female passenger on a flight from Hong Kong to Newark.

Sixty-four-year-old Ramesh Advani, of Berkeley Heights, pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Newark to a charge of abusive sexual contact.

Prosecutors say Advani was seated next to the victim on an overnight Continental Airlines flight in May.

Advani admitted he reached under a blanket covering the woman and assaulted her. She awoke and alerted the flight crew. Advani was detained when the plane landed.

The charge carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 1.