BOSTON (CBS) – A 76-year-old man from Florida is facing federal charges after he allegedly committed lewd acts on a flight to Logan Airport on Friday.
Donald Edward Robinson was charged on one count with indecent, indecent and indecent acts while in special jurisdiction of the United States.
Massachusetts U.S. Attorney Rachael Rollins said Robinson allegedly committed a lewd act and exposed himself to a 21-year-old woman sitting next to him on a flight from Newark to Boston.
Shortly after the plane took off, the woman recorded a 24-second video in which Robinson allegedly caressed himself through his pants.
About five minutes before the plane landed, Robinson allegedly touched the woman’s thigh. The victim told investigators that Robinson, when asked why he was touching her, took his hand away and looked out the window.
The woman wrote a message on her phone to explain what was happening and showed it to another passenger.
As she got off the plane, the woman talked to the flight attendant about the incident, but she could not point out Robinson because of the number of people who got off the plane.
Prosecutors said security footage showed Robinson “looking back several times in the direction he came from” as he got off the plane and went to the luggage carousel.
Robinson is expected to appear in federal court later.