A man cited President Donald Trump after he allegedly groped a woman during a Southwest flight from Houston to New Mexico on Sunday, according to court documents.
Bruce Alexander, 49, was arrested on an abusive sexual contact charge after Southwest Flight 5421 landed in Albuquerque.
According to an affidavit, when Alexander was placed in handcuffs, he told officers that “the president of the United States says it’s OK to grab women by their private parts.”
Alexander is accused of touching a woman’s breast while he was sitting behind her on the Southwest flight.
The woman said she felt Alexander’s hand move from behind her and grab her right breast. She said she fell asleep about 20 minutes into the flight and not long after, she felt him touch her but assumed it was an accident, according to court documents.
About 30 minutes later, she said she felt Alexander’s hand grab the back of her arm and grope around her ribs and then her breast.
The woman then stood up and told Alexander she did not understand how he could think that was OK and he needed to stop. She then asked a flight attendant to reseat her and was seated in another section of the plane.
The woman said she had not been drinking alcohol or taking any sleep aids.
When Alexander was questioned by authorities, he said he could not recall touching the woman. He said he was sitting behind a woman and was asleep for most of the flight.
He has been charged with abusive sexual contact.
USA TODAY has reached out to Southwest for comment.
Contributing: KHOU-TV in Houston
Read the full affidavit.
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