Man Charged in Incident on Southwest Plane

A 43-year-old Brecksville man is out on bond after being arrested this week on a charge of sexually accosting a woman during a Sunday night Southwest Airlines flight from Las Vegas to Cleveland.

Raviram Kishore Malla is accused of the federal crime of abusive sexual contact. He was given a $15,000 bond by federal Magistrate William H. Baughman Jr. but did not have to post anything to be set free.

According to an affidavit filed in the case by FBI agent Christopher A. Garnett, the following happened that night on the Southwest flight from Las Vegas:

The woman fell asleep at a window seat and awakened to discover Malla touching her breast. She ``became irritated and advised Malla to keep his hands to himself.''

The woman then fell asleep again and when she awakened, caught Malla ``removing his hand from under her shirt.''

The woman then faked being asleep, whereupon ``Malla put his hand between her legs and started to rub her vaginal area,'' Garnett's affidavit said.

The woman yelled at Malla to stop, but when he didn't, she ``forcibly removed Malla's hand from between her legs'' and crawled out of her seat over him.

According to Garnett, a man seated on the other side of Malla from the woman ran to the rear of the plane and told flight attendants what happened. The woman then changed her seat.

As part of Malla's bond, he had to forfeit his passport. He also was banned from flying without the court's say-so and cannot contact the woman.

Akron Beacon Journal


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