Pomona Man Found Guilty of Abusive Sexual Contact on Flight
A federal jury today found Mohammad Jawad Ansari, 49, guilty of a felony offense for intentionally touching the inner thigh of a sleeping woman seated next to him on a flight from Cleveland to Los Angeles in February 2020. On February 17, 2020, Ansari boarded a flight from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport to Los Angeles International Airport. Ansari occupied a 10th-row window seat while the woman occupied the middle seat. The woman, wearing a dress, fell asleep shortly after takeoff, and the armrest separating Ansari from the woman was down. During the flight to Los Angeles, Ansari placed his left hand on the woman's right knee and knowingly, intentionally, and without the woman's consent, moved his hand to her inner thigh. The person sitting in the 10th-row aisle seat next to the woman saw Ansari's hand touching the woman's inner thigh. The woman woke up, pushed Ansari's hand away, left her seat, and informed a flight attendant. The flight attendants watched Ansari during the rest of the flight and believed he pretended to be asleep. Ansan faces a two year maximum jail sentence.