A Detroit woman claims she was sexually assaulted by another passenger on a Delta Airlines flight and is now suing the airline because they did nothing to restrain the man during the flight.
Christopher Finkley, 41, was convicted of assault and indecent exposure last month after he allegedly masturbated in front of the victim on the flight and sexually assaulted her. He also exposed himself to the flight crew.
According to the victim’s attorney, flight attendants did nothing to stop the man, who reached under the victim’s shorts while sitting next to her. According to records, Finkley had exposed himself to the flight crew before taking his seat.
“While he was doing this, the defendant told her that he ‘liked white women’ and asked, ‘Where’s your man?’” the complaint states. According to CBS Detroit, the victim says she told the man to stop and said her kids were sitting behind her. The man then went back to masturbating in his own seat.
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“And this gentleman, if I want to call him that, was fondling himself in first class — he was noticed about 40 minutes into the two-hour flight by a flight attendant — the flight attendant apparently called down to Detroit to make sure that police would be there to arrest this man,” said the victim’s attorney, Jordan Acker.
The incident happened on a flight from Florida to Detroit on July 27, 2016.
In the sentencing memorandum filed with the court, Finkley is alleged to have said “he likes to sit with his hands in his pants and massage his penis, and called this “his happy place.” He added that “he did not mean for the flight attendants to see his penis but that it is possible that they did.”
The victim’s attorney said the flight crew did nothing to stop the man after they “observed him masturbating with his penis exposed,” and that if they had done something, she believes he may never have had the chance to assault her.
The victim said she had switched seats with her 14-year-old daughter prior to the incident taking place and fears her daughter could have been the victim.
“She now suffers from anxiety while flying,” the complaint said.
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