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Flight diverted after a ‘drunk man grabs woman’s crotch in front of daughter’

An American Airlines flight was diverted after a “drunk” passenger allegedly groped the woman sat next to him in front of her child.

James Cholewinski-Boy, 32, was arrested at Tulsa International Airport after the incident on Flight 807 from Charlotte to Salt Lake City.

An affidavit claims Cholewinski-Boy touched the arm of a woman sat next to him during the flight on Tuesday.

When she pushed his hands away, he allegedly continued his advances – grabbing her crotch before apologising when she alerted cabin crew.

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US Attorney Trent Shores said: "This week, American Flight 807, traveling from North Carolina to Utah, was diverted to Tulsa due to the alleged conduct of passenger James Clayton Cholewinski-Boy.

"Today, the United States Attorney’s Office filed criminal charges as a result of Mr. Cholewinski-Boy’s alleged actions on the plane.

"The public should know these allegations pertain to criminal sexual misconduct by Mr. Cholewinski-Boy against a female passenger, not a threat to the plane or air travel.

"The Federal Bureau of Investigation along with Tulsa International Airport law enforcement officers responded swiftly and professionally to this situation as soon as the plane touched down in Tulsa."

Flight attendants moved the woman and her daughter to a pair of seats away from the suspect.

Cholewinski-Boy was charged with public intoxication and abusive sexual contact of a female passenger.

An American Airlines spokesperson said: "We want to thank our crew, who once they became aware of this behavior, immediately separated the mother and her daughter on the flight.

"They subsequently requested law enforcement and diverted the aircraft to Tulsa.

"The quick actions of our crew ensured the safety and wellbeing of our customers on the flight."

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