New York City resident Othniel Polanco was recently arrested for groping his seatmate on a JetBlue flight to JFK.
The unfortunate victim was asleep at the time but when the
18-year-old victim woke up and discovered the alleged groper, he punched
Polanco in the face.
Polanco, age 29, originally said that he was asleep and
didn't realize where his hand was. Because, you know, sometimes when you're
asleep your hand ends up in another person's pants. Happens all the time,
He later recanted that statement and submitted a new
His response in the complaint is that his behavior
"crossed a boundary," reports New York Daily News.
If the claims are true, that seems like a serious
Polanco allegedly slid his hand up the victim's shorts
while the young man was sleeping on JetBlue flight. The incident led to
Polanco's arrest as soon as the flight touched down in New York.
It doesn't matter that the victim was purportedly asleep
at the time of the incident. Sexual assault includes any nonconsensual sexual
touching. A person who is asleep or otherwise unconscious cannot provide
That also includes someone who is passed out drunk in case
you were wondering.
The asleep-at-the-time aspect may impede the victim's
ability to be a witness for the entire event but since he allegedly woke up
while it was still happening, he will likely have some evidence to present.
There was also a witness to the entire incident, reports
Gothamist. A passenger sitting two seats over claims he saw Polanco assault the
What's in store now for the New York City groper? He's
been released on $100,000 bail and is under house arrest at his parents' house.
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