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NEW YORK, N.Y. —  In a case similar to one reported earlier, Gavriel Bidany, a Rabbi and father of 11, was found guilty of molesting a 23-year-old female Israeli military officer on an overseas flight. The proceeding occurred in a Brooklyn federal court on Thursday.

On March 27, Bidany reportedly fondled the sleeping woman during a Delta flight from Tel Aviv to New York. According to court documents, Bidany was sitting next to the woman on a Delta jet last month and reached out from under his blanket to fondle her as she slept.

Bidany claimed that, if there was touching, it happened inadvertently while he slept. Assistant U.S. Attorney David Sarratt countered, “If these were random reaches of a sleeping man, why is it the defendant had such precise accuracy, reaching private areas?”

Defense lawyer Saul Bienenfield argued that the victim would have pummeled the defendant with self-defense skills learned in the Army if she was attacked. Sarratt rebutted that the victim “acted perfectly and with remarkable poise despite the defendant’s repeated violations of her “personal space” by calmly reporting the abuse and moving to a different seat.

The woman, a lieutenant commander of a missile defense unit, has not been named because she is the victim of a sex crime.

Federal Magistrate Ramon Reyes reportedly found the victim’s testimony “wholly believable” and added that he had “no question in his mind about the rabbi’s guilt.”

The married Bidany faces up to six months in jail and, presumably, a thorough asskicking at home. He is free on $500,000 bail.

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