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Back in August, I wrote about a Boston Doctor who was arrested on a Hawaiian Airlines flight for allegedly exposing himself and masturbating in front of a 14-year-old girl. A criminal complaint has charged him with “lewd, indecent and obscene acts while in the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States.” If convicted, this would have carried a penalty of up to 90 days in prison, up to one year of supervised release, and up to a $5,000 fine, but the doctor was recently found not guilty.
The New York Post reported that Dr. Sudipta Mohanty, 33, of Cambridge was arrested in August related to an incident that happened on a flight from May 2022. Mohanty was flying from Honolulu Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) to Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) on Hawaiian Airlines flight HA90. According to the charging documents, he was seated next to a 14-year-old girl who was traveling with her grandparents.
Mohanty allegedly used a blanket to cover himself up to his neck while he bounced his leg up and down. The teenager then allegedly observed the blanket on the floor while Mohanty was openly masturbating. When Monhanty went to the lavatory, she quickly moved to an open seat and told her family what happened after arriving in Boston. Law enforcement was also called.
A judge cleared Dr. Mohanty of any wrongdoing this week after a three-day trial in Boston federal court. After being indicted in September, the doctor opted for a bench trial, which means he appeared before a judge without a jury. According to The New York Post, prosecutors said they were disappointed with the case’s outcome.
Claudia Lagos, the doctor’s lawyer, said in a statement:
Dr. Mohanty is a talented and dedicated medical doctor. He has absolutely no history of wrongdoing whatsoever. The last six months have been a bizarre nightmare for him, and he is relieved this is finally over so that he can rebuild his life.”
Anthony’s Take: When this first surfaced, it seemed pretty damning for the doctor. But, he had his day in court and was found not guilty. Hopefully, all involved will be able to move forward.
(Image Credit: Beth Israel Lahey Health via The New York Post.)
(Featured Image Credit: Hawaiian Airlines.)
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