Sunday 22 October 2017

Woman admits sexually assaulting female passenger on plane

Heidi McKinney (27) pleaded guilty to assault charges for the incident which occurred in May 2016
Heidi McKinney (27) pleaded guilty to assault charges for the incident which occurred in May 2016
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A woman has admitted to sexually assaulting a female passenger on a plane last year.

Oregon native Heidi McKinney (27) has pleaded guilty to assault charges for the incident which occurred in May 2016.

Prosecutors claimed McKinney "grabbed the woman's breasts and groin", according to the New York  Daily News.

Assistant US Attorney Ravi Sinha said at federal court in Portland. "(She) both made contact with victim’s body, including her inner thigh, and made a series of profane and lewd statements to the victim.

"Ms. McKinney did so with the intent to humiliate and harass the victim."

She was arrested after the Alaska Airlines flight from Las Vegas landed in Portland last May.

Her fiancé told police she doesn't "metablise alcohol like the majority of people" and "this is what happens" as a result.

McKinney could face up to 10 years for the crime, but her attorney is reportedly planning to recommend probation.

She was released on Friday until her sentencing on June 19 and is banned from using alcohol or drugs in the meantime.

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