Not Guilty Plea Entered in Alleged Aircraft Sex Charge

August 21, 2012, 10:38 AM HST · Updated August 21, 10:39 AM
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By Wendy Osher

A man from American Samoa pleaded not guilty in Hawaii US District Court on Monday to a charge of alleged abusive sexual contact aboard an aircraft.

The incident was alleged to have occurred aboard a Hawaiian Airlines flight originating in the Philippines en route to Honolulu on Thursday.

Honolulu FBI officials say Luavalu Seuva’ai, 22, was released on $25,000 signature bond to the custody of an Oahu resident who agreed to be a third party custodian.

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A preliminary hearing to establish probable cause is scheduled for September 7 in US District Court.

The maximum penalty for the alleged charge is two years in federal prison if convicted.

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