Arizona Business Executive Sentenced for Airline Sexual Assault, Reports U.S. Attorney

Aug 04, 2005, 01:00 ET from U.S. Attorney

    BOSTON, Aug. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- A Scottsdale, Arizona man was sentenced
 today in federal court for the sexual assault of a woman sleeping in the seat
 next to him aboard a Delta Air Lines flight from Dallas to Boston.
     United States Attorney Michael J. Sullivan; Kenneth W. Kaiser, Special
 Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in New England; Colonel
 Thomas G. Robbins, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, announced
 today that DEEPAK JAHAGIRDAR, age 55, of 11270 N. 128th Way, Scottsdale,
 Arizona, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Mark L. Wolf to 7 years and 3
 months in prison, to be followed by 2 years of supervised release and a
 $25,000 fine. On April 5, 2005, JAHAGIRDAR was convicted by a trial jury of
 sexually abusing and having abusive sexual contact with a twenty-two year old
 woman who was asleep on the aircraft.  JAHAGIRDAR has been in federal custody
 since the jury verdict.
     According to the trial testimony, JAHAGIRDAR was seated next to a 22 year
 old Massachusetts woman whom he did not know on an afternoon flight from
 Dallas/Fort Worth to Boston on Sunday, March 31, 2002.  The young woman was
 returning from a vacation in Texas, was traveling alone, and was to be met at
 Logan Airport by her parents.  She fell asleep early in the flight and awoke
 to find that JAHAGIRDAR had covered her with a blanket, unfastened her
 seatbelt, unbuttoned her pants and had his hand down her pants and in her
 genitals.  The woman immediately pulled JAHAGIRDAR's hand from her pants, and
 fled to the rear of the aircraft where she reported the assault to the flight
 crew.  The crew in turn alerted four United States Secret Service Agents who
 were on board the flight returning to Boston from an assignment in Texas.
     Upon the flight's arrival in Boston, the plane was met by uniformed
 Massachusetts State Police.  JAHAGIRDAR initially attempted to avoid law
 enforcement officers at Logan Airport, but was intercepted on the jetway.
 Subsequent testing of skin cells taken from JAHAGIRDAR's hands revealed that a
 significant quantity of the victim's DNA was present on his hands.
     JAHAGIRDAR offered evidence while testifying at trial, that he is a 1982
 graduate of a Business School, and at the time of the assault, he was a
 marketing and development officer for  a healthcare company, and that his
 business career included executive positions at various companies.
     The case was initially charged by the Suffolk County District Attorney's
 Office.  It was adopted by agreement between the Suffolk District Attorney's
 Office and the Massachusetts U.S. Attorney's Office, for federal prosecution,
 because the assault occurred in mid-flight in the special aircraft
 jurisdiction of the United States.
     The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in
 conjunction with the Massachusetts State Police, and the Suffolk County
 District Attorney's Office.  It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John
 T. McNeil in Sullivan's Criminal Division.
 
 

SOURCE U.S. Attorney
    BOSTON, Aug. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- A Scottsdale, Arizona man was sentenced
 today in federal court for the sexual assault of a woman sleeping in the seat
 next to him aboard a Delta Air Lines flight from Dallas to Boston.
     United States Attorney Michael J. Sullivan; Kenneth W. Kaiser, Special
 Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in New England; Colonel
 Thomas G. Robbins, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, announced
 today that DEEPAK JAHAGIRDAR, age 55, of 11270 N. 128th Way, Scottsdale,
 Arizona, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Mark L. Wolf to 7 years and 3
 months in prison, to be followed by 2 years of supervised release and a
 $25,000 fine. On April 5, 2005, JAHAGIRDAR was convicted by a trial jury of
 sexually abusing and having abusive sexual contact with a twenty-two year old
 woman who was asleep on the aircraft.  JAHAGIRDAR has been in federal custody
 since the jury verdict.
     According to the trial testimony, JAHAGIRDAR was seated next to a 22 year
 old Massachusetts woman whom he did not know on an afternoon flight from
 Dallas/Fort Worth to Boston on Sunday, March 31, 2002.  The young woman was
 returning from a vacation in Texas, was traveling alone, and was to be met at
 Logan Airport by her parents.  She fell asleep early in the flight and awoke
 to find that JAHAGIRDAR had covered her with a blanket, unfastened her
 seatbelt, unbuttoned her pants and had his hand down her pants and in her
 genitals.  The woman immediately pulled JAHAGIRDAR's hand from her pants, and
 fled to the rear of the aircraft where she reported the assault to the flight
 crew.  The crew in turn alerted four United States Secret Service Agents who
 were on board the flight returning to Boston from an assignment in Texas.
     Upon the flight's arrival in Boston, the plane was met by uniformed
 Massachusetts State Police.  JAHAGIRDAR initially attempted to avoid law
 enforcement officers at Logan Airport, but was intercepted on the jetway.
 Subsequent testing of skin cells taken from JAHAGIRDAR's hands revealed that a
 significant quantity of the victim's DNA was present on his hands.
     JAHAGIRDAR offered evidence while testifying at trial, that he is a 1982
 graduate of a Business School, and at the time of the assault, he was a
 marketing and development officer for  a healthcare company, and that his
 business career included executive positions at various companies.
     The case was initially charged by the Suffolk County District Attorney's
 Office.  It was adopted by agreement between the Suffolk District Attorney's
 Office and the Massachusetts U.S. Attorney's Office, for federal prosecution,
 because the assault occurred in mid-flight in the special aircraft
 jurisdiction of the United States.
     The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in
 conjunction with the Massachusetts State Police, and the Suffolk County
 District Attorney's Office.  It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John
 T. McNeil in Sullivan's Criminal Division.
 
 SOURCE  U.S. Attorney