Man accused of sex abuse on NJ flight due in court - My9 New Jersey

Man accused of sex abuse on NJ flight due in court

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man accused of sexually abusing a sleeping woman during a Newark-bound flight is due in court for a bail hearing Tuesday.

Federal authorities say the woman awoke on the Aug. 20 flight from Phoenix to find Bawer Aksal of North Bergen sexually abusing her with his hands inside her blouse and shorts. The woman, who was seated next to him, did not know him.

Prosecutors are arguing Aksal should have high bail, saying he is a flight risk as a Turkish national.

His court-appointed attorney says that isn't necessary.

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