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Woman Accused Of Fondling Fellow Female Passenger During Flight: Cops


An Oregon woman who was flying home from Las Vegas on Sunday has been arrested after allegedly fondling her fellow female passenger, according to authorities

Police say Heidi McKinney was onboard an Alaska Airlines flight to Portland when the woman next to her says the 26-year-old touched her breasts and genitals.

Authorities were alerted to a situation aboard the flight and met the plane when it landed. The alleged victim then told authorities she was touched in a non-consensual manner.

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Police said the alleged crime occurred while the flight was over Oregon.

According to a Port of Portland Police Department report obtained by The Smoking Gun, McKinney was subsequently taken into custody.

According to a published report, state prosecutors have announced that they will not pursue a criminal case against McKinney, but instead have referred the matter to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Federal prosecutors typically handle cases involving crimes alleged to have been committed aboard aircraft.

McKinney was arrested and held overnight. She was released on her own recognizance on Monday.  

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Police did not say if alcohol was a factor in the alleged incident.

Attempts to reach McKinney on Monday were unsuccessful.

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