SOUTHFIELD, MICHIGAN—Goodman Acker P.C. is preparing to file a lawsuit against Delta
Air Lines on behalf a Garden City woman. The victim was sexually assaulted
by a man while in flight from Myrtle Beach to Detroit on July 27, 2016.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the man was seen masturbating
by a Flight Attendant 40 minutes into the two-hour flight. Instead of
arresting him or grounding the flight, the Flight Attendants allowed him
to move freely through the cabin, sitting down next to the victim. The
man proceeded to sexually assault the woman, a hard working waitress and
mother of a fifteen year old daughter, placing his hands underneath her
shorts. The victim was unable to move, as the larger gentlemen blocked
her exit. The man, a South Carolina resident named Christopher Finkley,
was convicted for assault and indecent exposure by a Federal Magistrate
in Detroit and sentenced at the end of March. Delta has offered $2500
in airline vouchers as compensation for the victim’s suffering.
“It is simply unconscionable that Delta Air Lines staff would witness
a man exposing himself, and instead of restricting his movements and preparing
the cabin for his arrest, they allowed him to roam freely, where this
sexual predator was allowed to assault [the victim],” said Goodman
Acker senior partner Gerald Acker, the victim’s attorney. “Air
lines freely use force to remove passengers from overbooked planes, while
overlooking the safety of passengers like [the victim]. These actions
are horrific and it should be made exceedingly clear to Delta that standing
by is not acceptable.”
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