Man On Plane Diverted To Tulsa Charged With Groping Female Passenger

Friday, November 8th 2019, 1:32 pm
By: News On 6

A passenger on an American Airlines flight that was diverted to Tulsa has been charged in connection with sexual misconduct, according to U.S. Attorney Trent Shores.

James Clayton Cholewinski-Boy had inappropriate and unwanted contact with a female passenger on the plane, authorities said. There was no threat to the plane or air travel, Shores said.

The flight - from North Carolina to Utah - was diverted to Tulsa Tuesday night.

An affidavit said Cholewinski-Boy was seated next to a woman and began touching her shortly after takeoff. The woman said she kept pushing his hands away from her then he grabbed her genital area, court records state.

After the woman told the flight crew what happened, they moved her and her daughter away from him, and the pilot decided to divert to Tulsa so Cholewinski-Boy could be removed from the plane.

He was arrested by Tulsa International Airport Police for public intoxication, according to an FBI special agent.

"The Federal Bureau of Investigation along with Tulsa International Airport law enforcement officers responded swiftly and professionally to this situation as soon as the plane touched down in Tulsa," Shores said.
"The FBI will investigate this matter moving forward. I am thankful for the men and women of law enforcement who work to ensure the safety and security of the traveling public.”