Advani entered his guilty plea before U.S. Judge Dennis M. Cavanaugh on Tuesday. The man was charged in federal court because the flight was over international waters when the crime was committed.
Advani was arrested in May of last year after being accused of reaching under the blanket of a sleeping woman aboard the Continental flight and sexually abusing her. According to court documents, Advani allegedly touched the woman’s “genitalia, groin and inner thigh” all while he moved “napkins around inside of his pants.”
Two passengers witnessed the alleged sexual assault and kicked the woman’s chair in an attempt to wake her up. She awoke and alerted the flight crew. Advani was detained when the plane landed and taken into custody by the FBI.
Scheduled to be sentenced on August 1, Advani is looking at up to three years behind bars.
Incidentally, Advani is the first person known to be able to sexually molest someone while moving napkins around in their pants. It is not simple.