Korean Professor Arrested for Groping Woman on Plane

A Korean university professor was arrested on Sunday for sexually molesting a woman on a plane, U.S. media reported Tuesday.

The man, identified as Lee, was sitting next to the woman on United Airlines flight 78 from Tokyo to Newark on Sunday. "While the plane was in the air, the woman woke up to find Lee's hand on the front of her shirt, touching her breast through her clothing," the FBI said in a report.

When the woman told him to stop touching her, he got up and ran to a restroom at the far end of the aircraft. The woman immediately complained about the incident to a flight attendant, who in turn reported him to the FBI.

FBI agents arrested him on arrival.

During questioning, Lee reportedly confessed to "among other things, touching the victim in her breast region with his hand."

He was indicted for abusive sexual contact, a felony carrying a maximum two-year prison term and a US$250,000 fine.

Lee is a Cornell visiting scholar. A Cornell University spokesperson in a statement said his "privileges at Cornell have been suspended and his future affiliation with the university will be assessed as the facts of this matter are confirmed."

englishnews@chosun.com / Aug. 14, 2014 10:09 KST