Federal authorities have charged a 26-year-old Baltimore man with sexually assaulting the passenger seated next to him during a flight from Houston to Baltimore in late May.
According to a news release from prosecutors, Deo Mugabe and the passenger were strangers. Mugabe is accused of having sexual contact with the passenger while “knowing that the victim was incapable of declining participation or communicating unwillingness to engage in that sexual contact.”
The U.S. Attorney’s office did not elaborate. It was not clear Friday if Mugabe has an attorney.
If convicted, Mugabe faces up to five years in prison for fourth-degree sexual abuse on an aircraft, a maximum of three years for abusive sexual contact, and up to one year in prison for simple assault.