CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) – A man whose actions forced an American Airlines flight from Charlotte to Utah to land in Oklahoma is now facing criminal sexual misconduct charges involving a female passenger.
Flight 807 departed late Tuesday headed for Salt Lake City, but was diverted to Tulsa. Once the plane was on the ground, passenger James Cholewinski-Boy was removed from the aircraft.
Cholewinski-Boy is accused of engaging in unwanted sexual conduct with a female passenger aboard the plane.
“The public should know these allegations pertain to criminal sexual misconduct by Mr. Cholewinski-Boy against a female passenger, not a threat to the plane or air travel,” officials with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Oklahoma state.
Cholewinski-Boy was charged with engaging in unwanted sexual contact with a female passenger and public intoxication.
American Airlines released a statement about the incident:
“American Airlines flight 807 from Charlotte to Salt Lake City diverted to Tulsa, Oklahoma Tuesday night due to a disruptive passenger. Law enforcement met the flight, removed the passenger, and the flight continued to Salt Lake City.”
Officials say the situation is being investigated further by the FBI.
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