Luavalu Seuva’ai, 22, pleaded not guilty to groping woman sitting next to him on journey from Philippines
A woman was sexually assaulted while she slept by the man sitting in the airplane seat next to her, authorities said.
Luavalu Seuva’ai, 22, pleaded not guilty to the attack on Hawaiian Airlines flight 456 on August 16.
Seuva’ai appeared before a federal judge on Monday after court documents reported that he fondled the woman after she took a spoonful of Nyquil and fell asleep.
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It was believed that the victim, who has not been identified, and Seuva’ai had been chatting during the flight before she took the sleeping medication.
She later told investigators that she was awoken to find the man’s hands under her clothes without her permission.