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Last month, 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. He has now been indicted on one count of “lewd, indecent and obscene acts while in the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States.” If found guilty at trial this carries a penalty of up to 90 days in prison, up to one year of supervised release, and up to a $5,000 fine.
Prosecutors allege that Dr. Sudipta Mohanty, 33, started to masturbate in front of the teenage girl who was seated next to him onboard the Hawaiian Airlines flight from Honolulu Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) to Boston Logan International Airport (BOS).
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 (luckily this was an option) and told her family what happened after arriving in Boston. Law enforcement was also called.
Acting United States Attorney, Joshua S. Levy, is quoted in a news release:
“Everyone, especially children, has the absolute right to not be exposed to lewd conduct when they are traveling. If you engage in the type of illicit behavior alleged here, you will be caught and held accountable wherever it happens.”
In-flight incidents are on the rise and the FBI investigated 90 sexual misconduct cases in 2022. This number is expected to rise in 2023.
Anthony’s Take: This is pretty damning and does not bode well for Dr. Mohanty. Why people feel the need to make others feel uncomfortable and violated makes no sense to me. Dr. Mohanty will have his day in court and hopefully justice will be served.
(Image Credit: Beth Israel Lahey Health via The New York Post.)
(H/T: Paddle Your Own Kanoo.)
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