Newark, NJ - Monsey Registered Sex Offender Charged With Assault On El AL Flight
Newark, NJ - A Monsey, New York, man appeared in federal court today to face charges that he sexually abused a woman on a flight from Israel to Newark Liberty International
Airport, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Yoel Oberlander, 35, was charged by criminal complaint with one count of abusive sexual contact on an airplane. Oberlander had his initial appearance this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph A. Dickson in Newark federal court and was detained.
According to the complaint:
While on a May 29, 2016 El Al flight from Tel Aviv to Newark, Oberlander was seated next to a female passenger and her mother. During the flight, Oberlander repeatedly placed his hand on the female passenger’s thigh and breast without her consent.
Oberlander is a registered sex offender. He was previously convicted in 2002 in New York for sexual abuse in the second degree, arising from his sexual assault of an eleven-year-old
The abusive sexual contact charge carries a statutory maximum of up to two years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
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