Baltimore man gets federal prison for groping woman on plane

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Baltimore man gets federal prison for groping woman on plane

Postby Greg on Fri Sep 06, 2019 9:27 am

A Baltimore man was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison Thursday for groping a woman who slept in the seat beside him on a flight home.

Deo Mugabe, 27, admitted to touching the woman’s breasts and putting his hands in her pants during their flight to BWI Marshall Airport from Houston last summer.

“She thought she was safe falling asleep on an airline flight, as many of us do, and she woke to find the defendant’s hands down her pants,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Ayn Ducao told the judge.

Federal prosecutors routinely charge such men with the felony crime of sexual assault aboard an aircraft. They allowed Mugabe, however, to plead guilty to three misdemeanor counts of assault. During his sentencing hearing, prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed on the lesser charge to protect his immigration status.

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