Thursday, January 19, 2017

Man pleads guilty to groping girl on American Airlines flight from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to Portland

An Oregon man pleaded guilty Thursday to groping a 13-year-old girl on a flight from DFW International Airport to Portland last year.

Chad Cameron Camp, 26, pleaded guilty to making an indecent sexual proposal to a minor and assault with intent to commit abusive sexual contact of a minor.

As part of a plea deal, prosecutors will recommend a 14-month prison term, with credit for time served, when Camp is sentenced in May. He will also have to register as a sex offender for 15 years.

Authorities arrested Camp, a resident of Gresham, Ore., after his flight landed at Portland International Airport on June 15.

While serving drinks, a flight attendant had noticed that he had his hand on the girl's crotch, according to an arrest-warrant affidavit. She also saw "a single tear coming down the victim's cheek."

Camp, who was going home to Oregon after completing residential treatment for alcohol dependency in Florida, was moved to another seat for the remainder of the flight.

A witness told police that Camp had at least four mixed drinks during a layover at DFW Airport, according to the affidavit. Camp admitted in court Thursday that he'd had a "large amount" of alcohol before the flight.

"I invaded her space, touching her in her thigh and her groin area," he said. "I had inappropriate conversations with her. My words were fairly considered to be indecent. What I did was wrong in all respects."

The family of the girl, who was flying alone, filed a $10 million lawsuit against American Airlines in July.

The lawsuit alleges that the flight crew allowed the abuse to go on for half an hour before intervening. Attorney Brent Goodfellow noted that "unaccompanied minor" tickets cost an additional amount and are supposed to provide children traveling alone with additional services.

"This was 30 minutes of hell for this young lady," Goodfellow said.


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