Dalton Bratcher of New Jersey was charged
Tuesday with groping the breasts of sleeping female passengers
on a night flight from Newark to Orange County.
Bratcher allegedly wandered the aisles of the Continental plane
Friday and molested two fellow passengers as they slept in their seats,
according to a Los Angeles Times report citing federal authorities.
One woman claimed the accused groper grabbed her hooters on two separate occasions during the flight, and both victims told authorities they awoke to discover
Bratcher walking away from them.
The formal charge against him is knowingly causing sexual contact with another
person without that person's permission, and because the alleged offense occurred on an airplane, he is accused of breaking a federal law.
Scott Glover writes in the Times that Bratcher was
ordered held without bond at his Tuesday hearing after a prosecutor cited his past convictions and
argued he was a danger to the public.