A man allegedly sexually assaulted a passenger on a flight from Sacramento to Denver International Airport on Oct. 25, according to an affidavit filed in federal court this week.

The man is charged with three federal offenses: sexual contact without permission within special aircraft jurisdiction; lewd, indecent, obscene acts within special aircraft jurisdiction; and simple assault within special aircraft jurisdiction.

According to the victim and witness statements, he repeatedly touched a male passenger sitting next to him and masturbated on the flight.

The victim reported that the suspect appeared to be “under the influence” while boarding the plane and “looked lost” while staring out the window and at the surroundings, according to the affidavit.

The specific domestic airline is not named in the affidavit. Just two days later, a flight had to be diverted to DIA due to a passenger allegedly assaulting a flight attendant.

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