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Arizona man accused of sexual contact with girl on plane

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Posted at 3:11 PM, May 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-01 18:14:22-04

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona man has been indicted in Alaska on a federal charge of abusive sexual contact involving a 16-year-old girl who was seated next to him on a flight from Phoenix to Anchorage.

Federal prosecutors accuse 58-year-old Kepueli Talaiasi of Mesa of touching the girl as she sat in a middle seat between him and his adult son, who slept during most of the flight.

Prosecutors asked for continued detention of Talaiasi, saying he posed a threat to potential seatmates if he flew home to Arizona pending trial.

Online court records don't list an attorney for Talaiasi who might comment on his behalf.