Minneapolis man sentenced to prison for sexually abusing minor aboard flight en route to MSP | USAO-MN

MINNEAPOLIS — A Minneapolis man has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for having abusive sexual contact on an airplane. Acting U.S. Attorney Charles J. Kovats made the announcement after U.S. District Judge Nancy E. Brasel convicted the defendant.

According to court documents, in April 2019, Neeraj Chopra, 41, knowingly had abusive sexual contact with a 16-year-old victim who was seated next to him aboard a Jet Blue flight from Boston to Minneapolis. During the robbery, Chopra retrieved a blanket from her backpack and draped it over her lap, with part of the blanket also covering the victim’s right leg. Chopra put her hand under the blanket and began touching the victim inappropriately. Chopra ignored the victim’s multiple pleas to stop and continued to touch the victim inappropriately.

On July 14, 2021, following a three-day trial, a federal jury convicted Chopra of one count of abusive sexual touching.

This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with assistance from the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport Police.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Lauren O. Roso and Michelle E. Jones.

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