Flight attendant’s alleged lewd act mid-air

A flight attendant accused of exposing himself to a colleague mid-air will face Perth Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

The 54-year-old man, from NSW, will appear via audio link from Sydney after being charged by the Australian Federal Police late last year with one count of committing an act of indecency contrary to section 15(1) of the Crimes (Aviation) Act 1991 (Cth) and section 60(1) of the Crimes Act 1900 (ACT).

It is alleged the man exposed himself to a female co-worker on-board a flight from Perth to Melbourne in April 2019.

The woman allegedly sent text messages while still on the flight to a friend about the man’s alleged behaviour and her distress before reporting the allegations to police when she returned to Perth several days later.

The man first faced court in March this year, but the case was delayed due to COVID-19. The maximum penalty for his alleged offence is seven years imprisonment if convicted.

AFP Senior Constable Steve Proud said there was no excuse for offensive behaviour in any workplace, but unwanted attention could be particularly distressing on a flight, where people were confined in a limited space.

“This case should serve as a warning to people that illegal behaviour in the air will be prosecuted on the ground,” Constable Proud said.

“There is no excuse for these actions on an aircraft or anywhere else – everyone is entitled to be free from harassment, unwanted attention or indecent acts.”

Anyone with information about this matter or anyone who wants to report an incident of sexual harassment during a flight is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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