Pakistani Doctor Acquitted of Inappropriately Touching Girl On Flight To Chicago
A US judge cleared a Pakistani physician of all charges that he inappropriately touched a girl seated next to him on an American Airlines flight from New York City to Chicago. The judge returned the not guilty verdicts in Muhammad Asif Chaudhry’s case after a two-day bench trial in Chicago. During the trial the Doctor testified that any possible contact there might have been was inadvertent.
Prosecutors alleged that Chaudhry moved from his assigned seat to one near the girl who was on the airline’s unaccompanied-minor program. The girl send a message to her mother telling her about the man touching her and that she was unable to move as the seat belt sign was on.
Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman said prosecutors hadn’t proven the two counts of abusive sexual contact with a child between 12 and 16.
Chaudhry is now expected to return to Pakistan.