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Woman testifies stranger groped her on flight from Phoenix

NEWARK, N.J. — A woman who accused a male passenger of molesting
her on a flight from Phoenix to Newark, N.J,, said the ordeal left her feeling

The woman testified in federal court in Newark on Wednesday in the trial of
48-year-old Bawer Aksal of North Bergen. He is charged with
sexual abuse.

The woman was on a United Airlines flight last summer when she told authorities
she awoke to find Aksal’s hands in her blouse and shorts.

In her testimony, the Jersey Journal reported the woman
said the stranger whispered “kiss me” into her ear when she woke up. She said
the ordeal left her feeling “completely humiliated.”

Aksal denies the charge. His attorney has called the scenario described by the
woman as far-fetched.

The trial resumes Monday.


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