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Airline groper says woman came on to him

3 years 4 months 2 weeks ago July 16, 2013 Jul 16, 2013 Tuesday, July 16 2013 July 16, 2013 6:41 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Michael Marsh

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY- A man accused of sexually abusing a woman sitting next to him on a cross-country flight told the FBI the woman came on to him. Bawer Aksal says the woman told him he was a "very handsome guy and smelled nice." He made the statement to federal agents after the Phoenix-to-Newark flight in August of last year. His statement was read in federal court where he's on trial for sexual abuse. Its in stark contrast to the woman's account. She testified she woke up to find Aksal groping her. An FBI agent testified Aksal told her and another agent the woman placed one his hands in her blouse and the other down her shorts. Aksal is a Turkish-born U.S. citizen.

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