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.”