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Indian national from Louisiana gets eight months for groping woman on flight to NJ

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UPDATE: A Louisiana man was sentenced to eight months in federal prison today for groping a woman on a flight from Houston to Newark.

Devender Singh, a 62-year-old Indian national who lives in Baton Rouge, also must register as a sex offender and remain under supervised release for two years.

Singh — who pleaded guilty in September — was taken into custody by FBI agents at Newark Liberty International Airport after his flight arrived on March 2, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman said.

Fishman said Singh was “seated next to a woman who occupied a window seat on a United Airlines flight from Houston to Newark. While the plane was in the air, the woman fell asleep. She awoke to find Singh kissing her face with his hand inside her shirt.”

Singh was also touching his exposed penis, he said.

“After pushing Singh off of her and telling him to get away, the woman went to the back of the plane and told a flight crew member what had happened, asking that the police be present when the plane landed,” Fishman said.


The federal government has exclusive jurisdiction over all sexual abuse cases that occur on aircraft in flight in the U.S.

Fishman credited the FBI and the Port Authority Police Department.

Handling the case for the government is J. Jamari Buxton of Fishman’s General Crimes Unit in Newark.

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