TRENTON — A student studying in the United States on a student visa admitted in federal court Friday that he molested a young teenage girl on a flight from India, court records show.
The student, Sushan Patil, pleaded guilty Friday before U.S. District Judge Anne E. Thompson to one count of simple assault, records show.
According to a criminal complaint, Patil and a girl under the age of 16 were seated next to each other on a flight from Mumbai, India to Newark Liberty International Airport on Aug. 26, 2015 Patil and the girl did not know each other, it said.
During the flight, court records said, Patil touched the girl's breasts under her shirt, put his hand down her pants and touched her groin and buttocks through her clothing. When she resisted, he restrained her and squeezed or pinched her, records say.
The girl reported the assault to a member of the United Airlines crew, who confronted Patil, the criminal complaint says. It also says he admitted his acts.
Patil, who is living in Brooklyn while studying here, was arrested on arrival at Newark Liberty International Airport.
According to his plea agreement, the simple assault charge carries a maximum penalty of a year in prison and a $100,000 fine.
He is scheduled to be sentenced June 16 in Trenton, New Jersey.
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