A North Bergen, N.J. man convicted of sexually abusing a sleeping woman on a cross-country flight filed this weekend to have his conviction thrown out.
Aksal was handcuffed and detained by U.S. Marshals after Judge Jose Linares granted the government’s request to hold him as a flight risk, The Jersey Journal reported.
The North Bergen man accused of sexually abusing a fellow passenger on a flight from Phoenix to Newark last week is waiting to see if he’ll be granted bail. A female passenger said when she woke up, Bawer Aksal, 58, had his hands inside her clothing. The naturalized U.S. citizen originally from Turkey denies the charges against him.
When she woke up, prosecutors said Bawer Aksal had one hand in her shorts and another in her shirt, and whispered “Kiss me.”