Oregon woman gropes female passenger on flight; arrested on felony charges

Portland, Oregon: An Oregon woman pleaded accountable Friday to a felony assault price that was filed after a female passenger complained that she had been groped all through a flight from Las Vegas to Portland.

Heidi McKinney, 27, of suburban Portland, was arrested Would possibly eight, 2016, after the Alaska Airways flight landed at Portland Worldwide Airport. The sufferer knowledgeable authorities she had been touched on the breast and genitals with out consent by one different female passenger.

"Miss McKinney did so with the intent to humiliate and harass the victim," Assistant U.S. Authorized skilled Ravi Sinha acknowledged at U.S. District Courtroom in Portland. "(She) both made contact with victim's body, including her inner thigh, and made a series of profane and lewd statements to the victim."

A federal grand jury initially indicted McKinney on a price of abusive sexual contact. She lastly pleaded accountable to assault with the intent to commit a felony.

The utmost penalty is 10 years in federal jail and a $250,000 unbelievable. Nonetheless, Sinha and safety lawyer Lisa Ludwig plan to collectively counsel a sentence of three years on probation. The select does not have to easily settle for the recommendation.

McKinney answered a sequence of yes-or-no questions from U.S. District Determine Michael Simon, and he or she made no extended statements Friday. McKinney acknowledged she these days achieved alcohol treatment at a facility near Portland.

Courtroom paperwork current McKinney was convicted of drunken driving in 2008 and 2015. Her fiance knowledgeable jail officers after the airplane incident that McKinney does not metabolize alcohol like most people and "this is what happens," knowledge current.

Simon scheduled sentencing for June 19. Inside the meantime, McKinney stays out of custody beneath a set of pretrial circumstances, along with that she not use remedy or alcohol.