An off-duty Delta Connection pilot is accused of groping a sleeping 14-year-old girl.
Fox News in Salt Lake City reports Michael James Pascal, 45, was charged with abusive sexual contact Saturday.
The girl, who was flying unaccompanied from Detroit to Salt Lake City on a Delta flight, told the flight crew she lowered the arm rest of her seat and went to sleep but woke up to find Pascal’s hand under her left buttock.
“What the hell are you doing?” she reportedly told Pascal while elbowing him.
Police met Pascal when the plane landed in Salt Lake, where the pilot is based. He was held at the Salt Lake County Jail and was taken into custody by the U.S. Marshal’s Office Tuesday.
The pilot said he fell asleep with his hands in his lap and it’s possible his hand may have fallen in the victim’s seat while he was asleep, the criminal complaint stated.
Delta Connection is a regional airline brand name for Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines that typically uses smaller aircraft.