A Florida man who allegedly tried getting off on a plane before he got off the plane was arrested at Logan Airport Friday, the US Attorney's office reports.
Donald Edward Robinson, 76, of Bonita Springs, FL, was charged with one count of lewd, indecent and obscene acts while in the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States, the US Attorney's office reports. An affidavit from an FBI agent called into the case says the incident was on United Airlines Flight 1663, after transferring at Newark from a flight from Cleveland.
According to the US Attorney's office:
Robinson allegedly engaged in masturbation and exposed his penis to a 21-year-old female passenger seated next to him while onboard a flight from Newark to Boston. Robinson then placed his hand on top of the victim’s thigh without her consent.
Shortly after departure, the victim recorded a 24-second video of Robinson allegedly fondling and manipulating his penis through his pants. A short time later, it is alleged that the victim looked over and saw that Robinson had exposed his penis. Approximately five minutes before landing, Robinson allegedly placed his hand on the victim’s thigh, prompting the victim to ask why he was touching her, to which Robinson withdrew his hand and looked out the window. It is alleged that the victim then got the attention of another passenger and displayed a message on her phone, “Hi, this man assaulted me and touched my leg and is masturbating.”
During the deplaning process, the victim approached a flight attendant about the incident but was unable to point Robinson out due to the volume of passengers deplaning. It is alleged that security footage captured Robinson, upon exiting the secure area of the terminal, repeatedly looking back in the direction from which he came while proceeding to the baggage carousel level.
Robinson now faces up to 90 days in prison and a fine of up to $5,000, the US Attorney's office reports.