Man Pleads Guilty To Sexual Offense Onboard Aircraft - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Man Pleads Guilty To Sexual Offense Onboard Aircraft

| The Daily Crucible | Published Thursday, September 23, 2021

An Indiana man, Ian Wagner, 39, has pleaded guilty  to engaging in sexual contact with a sleeping woman on a flight from Indianapolis, Indiana, to Denver, Colorado.

Ian Wagner of New Haven pleaded guilty on Wednesday, according to the Justice Department.

The Daily Crucible learnt that the
New Haven is a city of 16,000 just east of Fort Wayne in northeastern Indiana

Court documents revealed that Ian Wagner of New Haven, was a passenger on board a domestic flight from Indianapolis to Denver on Oct. 6, 2017 and was seated next to an 18-year-old woman.

During the flight, the woman fell asleep and later awoke to Wagner rubbing her inner thigh with his hand. After jerking away, the victim took a photograph of Wagner. 

The geolocation data associated with the photograph indicated that the plane was flying over Hastings, Nebraska.

The victim then left her seat, sought refuge in the restroom, but eventually returned because she believed the flight was full and no other seats would be available. After retaking her seat, she observed that Wagner had placed a jacket over his lap and his hand appeared to be moving up and down under the jacket. Wagner made eye contact with the victim and lifted his jacket to reveal his exposed penis. For over five minutes, Wagner masturbated while staring at the victim. Frightened and troubled by the incident, the victim lodged a complaint with the airline two days later and with criminal authorities in the following weeks.

Wagner pleaded guilty to one count of abusive sexual contact. He was scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 15 and faces a maximum statutory penalty of three years in prison. A federal district court judge would determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors even as Wagner would also be required to register as a sex offender.


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