(Star-Ledger) A New York City doctor has been charged with groping a teen girl on a Newark-bound United Airlines flight last month, according to federal court documents.
The girl's family has also filed a complaint against United Airlines for the way the incident was handled after the teen reported the groping to a flight attendant, but allowed the man to leave the airport after the flight landed, according to a report in the Washington Post.
Vijakumar Krishnappa, 28, of New York City, was charged July 24 in federal court in Newark, a day after the flight that originated in Seattle, according to court records filed by the FBI charging him with criminal sexual contact.
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Krishnappa was sitting next to the girl, who was traveling alone, authorities said. The girl fell asleep and awoke to find Krishnappa's hand on her thigh, authorities said. He quickly removed his hand, the girl told authorities.