Man given 8-month sentence for groping teen on flight from Paris to Seattle, feds say

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A Seattle man was sentenced to 8 months successful situation for groping a teen woman connected a formation from Paris to Washington authorities successful 2022, national prosecutors said Tuesday.

Milan Edward Jurkovic, 36, was convicted successful December of abusive intersexual interaction pursuing a three-day assemblage trial, according to a statement from nan U.S. Attorney’s Office for nan Western District of Washington.

Court documents show Jurkovic had pleaded not guilty.

At nan sentencing hearing, U.S. District Judge Robert S. Lasnik said nan battle “shouldn’t person happened,” prosecutors said.

“The formation backmost should person been thing little than nan extremity of a joyous travel and alternatively she is nan unfortunate of a crime,” Lasnik said of nan girl.

Jurkovic assaulted nan woman connected July 3, 2022, connected an Air France formation from Paris to Seattle, prosecutors said. The teen was walking pinch a schoolhouse group astatine nan time, U.S. Attorney Tessa M. Gorman said successful nan statement.

“Trapped successful an craft cabin, these assaults are peculiarly traumatic for susceptible young group who spot nan adults astir them to behave appropriately,” Gorman said. “In this lawsuit nan suspect groped a teen walking pinch a schoolhouse group. She bravely said up. As I noted a twelvemonth ago, we person a zero-tolerance argumentation for these craft intersexual assaults. Predators will beryllium prosecuted.”

Jurkovic’s lawyer listed successful tribunal records could not instantly beryllium reached for remark Tuesday.

The teen victim, who sat adjacent to Jurkovic for hours connected nan flight, was pinch a schoolhouse group from occidental Washington returning from a people travel abroad, prosecutors said.

Roughly 3 hours into nan flight, Jurkovic reached nether a blanket, prosecutors said, and began groping nan victim’s thigh.

“The unfortunate was shocked and stiff pinch fear,” prosecutors said. Jurkovic continued to swipe her thigh for an "extended play of time" and touched her soul thigh, according to prosecutors.

The woman sought thief from a classmate and past her chaperone. The chaperone traded places pinch her for nan remainder of nan flight, prosecutors said.

Port of Seattle Police met nan formation upon landing astatine nan Seattle–Tacoma International Airport, prosecutors said, and rule enforcement interviewed nan girl.

Jurkovic told inconsistent stories to different people, prosecutors said.

“He told nan chaperone he had been rubbing his limb owed to bad circulation, suggesting that he inadvertently touched nan victim,” according to prosecutors. He later told constabulary he did not wounded anyone and volunteered that he had an itch connected his leg, prosecutors said.

The lawsuit was investigated by nan FBI and nan Port of Seattle Police, authorities said.

Antonio Planas

Antonio Planas is simply a breaking news newsman for NBC News Digital. 

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