ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — This is the kind of leading by example you don’t want to hear.
A Florida man arrested for groping a woman aboard an airplane told officers later that it was okay because President Trump says it’s fine to grab women by their privates.
Bruce Michael Alexander, a 49-year-old heavy equipment operator from Tampa, was detained on Sunday after the Southwest flight he was on from Houston landed in Albuquerque.
The victim, who was seated in a window seat in front of Alexander, said she had nodded off shortly after the flight took off, but was awoken by the feeling of a hand sidling up against her right breast, federal prosecutors said.
Thinking it was an accident, she let it go, but was startled when 30 minutes later, she felt grab the back of her arm and then rub her right side around her ribs and bra line.
Prosecutors say the woman confronted Alexander and demanded to know why he thought it was okay to touch her and insisted he stop. She then asked a flight attendant to move her to a different seat for the remainder of the flight.
Upon landing, Alexander was arrested and charged with abusive sexual contact. After asking officers why he was being arrested, Alexander said: “the president of the United States says it’s okay to grab women by their private parts,” prosecutors alleged in their criminal complaint.