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Van Nuys man arrested after allegedly making sexual advances toward girl during Southwest flight

June 19, 2010 |  9:47 am

A male passenger on a Southwest Airlines fight was arrested Thursday night at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank for allegedly touching a 16-year-old girl during a flight from Northern California, authorities said.

According to Burbank police, the suspect allegedly touched the girl's leg and breast and made sexual advances.

Van Nuys resident Alexander Weber, who was aboard the Southwest Airlines flight from Sacramento to Bob Hope Airport with his 2-year-old child, was booked about 9 p.m. on suspicion of misdemeanor sexual battery and later released on $20,000 bond, Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn said.

The victim and her 12-year-old cousin were returning from Sacramento when witnesses informed the crew about the alleged incident.

Airport Police Chief Ed Skvarna said several factors played into the investigation: Weber’s odd behavior witnessed by the flight crew, the girl was restrained by her seat belt and her attacker was in close proximity.

“She couldn’t leave because the seat belt light was on,” Ryburn told the Glendale News-Press. “Poor kid. I am surprised the witness didn’t pop the guy one.”

A flight attendant informed the captain about 4:30 p.m., who contacted the central dispatch center. The airline’s center radioed the airport’s communications crew, Skvarna said.

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