Man arrested for groping woman on plane invokes Trump defense

Geraldine Edwards
October 24, 2018

Bruce Michael Alexander, 49, a Tampa resident, was in federal custody after being charged federally on Sunday with abusive sexual contact on a female passenger during a flight from Houston to Albuquerque, New Mexico, the complaint said. She says he felt around the seat, blindly grabbing her arm then her ribs and finally her breast again - apparently not realizing she was awake this time.

When the flight landed, authorities asked the woman about the incident and then arrested Alexander.

In an interview with investigators, Alexander said he slept most of the flight and did not take any sleep aides or drink alcohol, but remembered the woman in front of him spoke to him, then moved seats, according to the complaint.

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After he was arrested, Bruce Alexander reportedly told authorities that Trump "says it is okay to grab women by their private parts". If convicted, he could face up to two years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

However, agents noticed his thick fingers with dirty nails and dark hair matched the description the woman provided of the hands she said had groped her, according to the complaint.

On it, Mr Trump can be heard saying that "you can do anything" to women and "grab them by the pussy".

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On Oct. 16, federal agents say, Justin Riley Brafford, 29, of Texas was on a flight from Los Angeles to Dallas and he wouldn't stop touching a woman, playing footsie with her and asking her to go out on a date. When aware of a potentially harmful situation - whether first-hand or reported by someone else - our flight attendants are trained to re-seat customers and notify the pilots to request law enforcement, as appropriate. The woman and the alleged perpetrator both confirmed to authorities that they had not been intoxicated.

The Southwest spokesperson told The Post the airline is "continuously reviewing and updating our training as necessary", but declined to share any specifics.

Alexander is due in court Tuesday, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

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Alexander was accused of grabbing a woman's breast without their permission while on a flight from Houston to Albuquerque.

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