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Pilot sentenced for groping teenage girl on flight

Pilot Grope Charges
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A former Utah airline pilot was sentenced Wednesday to more than two years in prison for groping a 14-year-old girl in the seat next to him during an off-duty flight.

Michael James Pascal, 46, of Park City, appeared in federal court Wednesday in Salt Lake City. He wore a navy blue suit and had close-cropped hair.

"Whatever the sentence is, I will accept it," he told the judge, saying he hoped to be a good father during his time in prison.

On the October 2013 Delta Airlines flight, the teenager awoke from a nap and felt Pascal's hand under her, gripping her buttocks, she said, according to court documents. She elbowed him and yelled, "What the hell are you doing?" the records show.

Earlier, she said, she had pushed down the armrest between them but when she woke up, someone had pushed it upright, she said. Pascal pulled his hand out from under her, she recounted, saying, "I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I was asleep, I have to use the bathroom."

Pascal told investigators he fell asleep with his hands in his lap and couldn't recall where his hand was when he awoke. He said he had lifted the armrest between him and the girl because the man on his other side was taking up a lot of room.

His attorney Rhome Zabriskie maintained that any contact was inadvertent and that Pascal was asleep.

"When he woke up, he realized he had kind of flopped over on the passenger next to him," he said when Pascal was charged in 2013.

The girl, who was flying alone on the Detroit to Salt Lake City flight, told attendants and changed seats.

She said Pascal earlier in the flight helped her retrieve a blanket from the flight crew after he saw she was on crutches. After she moved, she said, she saw Pascal looking at her in an "annoyed" manner, court documents show.

Pascal lost his job with a regional airline carrier, a Delta Airlines contractor, when he was charged in 2013. In March, a jury convicted him on two counts of abusive sexual contact related to the incident.

"He has suffered an awful lot and it will continue," Zabriskie said Wednesday. Pascal has an 18-year-old daughter of his own and maintained that he was asleep.

Delta on Wednesday deferred comment to an ExpressJet Airlines spokeswoman who said the company does not comment on previous employees. Delta last year told The Associated Press that it cooperated with investigators but had no other comment.

U.S. District Judge Dale Kimball ordered Pascal to turn himself in on Sept. 30. He is set to serve his sentence in Colorado, where he has family, and to serve 60 months of probation afterward. The order also puts him on the sex offender registry.
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jurmik July 31 2014 at 7:48 AM

It is a strange thing when a man touches a bottom of a woman and gets 2 years for it, while murderers go free.

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BRUCE July 31 2014 at 6:49 AM

How the heck can you be a good father and be in prison for groping an underage teenager...he's already blown that.
Don't hand me no lies...keep your hands to yourself.

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jbraidedbeauty1 BRUCE July 31 2014 at 11:42 AM

Right BRUCE.... Good father my a$$.. here is a damn man with a good a$$ job, probably living the life of luxury, nice home , nice cars. im sure living the American dream in his rich suburb and he has a 18 year old daughter,, but this prick chooses to grope a 14 year old on a damn plane.. what a moron.. and this is suppose to be one of the superior races of people,, that suppose to have a higher I Q than blk people.. ugh .. i se a GD dunce in this picture.. wtf? is up with these white pedophiles and thats exactly what he is.. bet you 10 to 1 he had touched and probably done more to his daughter.. if he did she should have been telling somebody.. wtf you gonna keep quiet about it for..hmmm makes you wonder why1!

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Gary A. Skogebo July 31 2014 at 8:49 AM

Something about this story doesn't smell right. It is odd for a 46 year old man to just get up one day and become a pervert. He has no priors? (You cannot be licensed with the FAA if you have priors or even accusations against you.) No one coming forward to say yeah, this guy had problems and we all saw it coming, none of his daughters friends saying he was creepy….so why all of a sudden now? Usually this kind of thing has a trail of people saying he was involved in weird things and doings. But this 14 year old brings charges against someone who otherwise had a clean record. Did this kid do this because "he seemed annoyed" after she moved? How did he get his hand under her buttocks and HER not feel what was going on? As tight as seats on an airplane are, you can feel every move a seat mate makes. Sorry, something is not right here.

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patriot1too July 31 2014 at 7:08 AM

Sounds like that girl big dealed this for unearned income and manic control by playing victim. No doubt urged to do so by her female co-parent who got some of the money and a spot on the oprah windbag show.

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patriot1too July 31 2014 at 6:27 AM

Clearly this is a witch hunt against yet another innocent man.

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xpphil12 July 31 2014 at 6:35 AM

There must be more facts that the girl and others testified to,clearly that the pilot was not asleep beyond any reasonable possibility.Pretending to be asleep was part of his sick,twisted plot it sounds like is what the court found..

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CMEL57 July 31 2014 at 6:18 AM

You are a pervert and a child molester. Say goodbye to your career and hello to prison life. The inmates do not tolerate people like you.

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remcoisp1963cobb July 31 2014 at 9:14 AM

I don't care what anybody says. They do NOT punish female offenders as harshly as they do men. The fact is that the majority of females who molest underage boys never even get reported for some obvious reasons. But the fact is that are AT LEAST as many female gropers as males.

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ffishb remcoisp1963cobb July 31 2014 at 10:35 AM

Give it a REST for crying out loud. Jesus Christ

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valeryvee remcoisp1963cobb July 31 2014 at 2:45 PM

Whats the matter? the lady that groped you only got 2 months?

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fred July 31 2014 at 7:41 AM

As if this world has a shortage of whack off artists......

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natsurusenou96 July 31 2014 at 3:52 PM

I can't help but think that it is unfair that this man will waste two years of his life in jail for simply touching someone's ass. If a girl had done the same thing I highly doubt that she would get two years.

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