Alleged Southwest Flight Groper Invokes Trump in His Defense

24 October, 2018, 00:00 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Man Invokes Trump Defense After Allegedly Groping Woman During Houston Flight

She told authorities she assumed the first touching was accidental.

A suspect detained after allegedly groping a woman on a Southwest Airlines flight tried to excuse his behavior by citing President Donald Trump's remarks about women.

Alexander was arrested Sunday at Albuquerque International Sunport on a charge of abusive criminal contact. A lawyer representing Alexander could not be reached for comment late Monday.

Sbrownie via Getty Images A man allegedly groped a woman on a Southwest Airlines flight from Houston, Texas, to Albuquerque, New Mexico. The woman said she fell asleep but felt "a movement" on the right side of her sweater near her bra line about 15 to 20 minutes into the flight.

The woman told investigators Alexander, 49, grabbed the side of her breast from behind, according to the criminal complaint. She said that she observed a "hand that had thick fingers, [that] were hairy and had dirty fingernails".

"C.W. felt fingers slowly grab the back of her arm, squeezing above the elbow", the complaint said. According to the complaint, she told him "she didn't know why he thought it was ok [to touch her] and he needed to stop".

The woman was moved to another seat for the remainder of the flight, which was greeted by law enforcement in Albuquerque due to "reports of a customer's alleged inappropriate behavior onboard".


It's unclear at this time whether Alexander has retained legal counsel.

If convicted, Alexander faces a maximum penalty of two years in prison and a $250,000 fine. As he was leaving the courthouse, Merlino said Trump "was right" and flippers need to be outlawed, according to the Guardian.

Alexander later told authorities that he didn't recall touching the woman and was asleep for most of the flight. The tape is best remembered as the moment where Mr. Trump boasted that women allowed him to "grab them by the p****".

Mr. Alexander denied groping the woman when questioned by authorities. "As part of this operating philosophy, Southwest flight attendants are trained in a wide range of sensitive customer issues".

This marks the second similar incident in the past week, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.

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