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US man guilty of sexually abusing woman on flight

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US man guilty of sexually abusing woman on flight

/ 01:45 AM July 20, 2013

NEWARK, New Jersey — A northern New Jersey man has been convicted of sexually abusing a sleeping woman on a cross-country flight last year.

Jurors returned the verdict against 49-year-old Bawer Aksal on Friday, their second day of deliberations. The Turkish-born American citizen was convicted of sexual abuse and abusive sexual contact.

The woman testified under an alias that she awoke on the Phoenix-to-Newark flight last August to find Aksal with one hand inside her blouse and the other inside her underwear.

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Aksal didn’t testify but told authorities the woman made unwanted sexual advances toward him and forced his hands to touch her.

On Thursday, jurors had asked to review testimony by a man who sat next to Aksal on the flight and by an FBI agent who interviewed the defendant.

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