By Tiffany Williams –
On Sunday, the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts confirmed Donald Edward Robinson, 76, of Bonita Springs, Florida has been arrested for allegedly performing a lewd act aboard an aircraft in flight from Newark to Boston on Friday.
Robinson was charged by criminal complaint with one count of lewd, indecent and obscene acts while in the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States and he was arrested at Boston Logan International Airport.
The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts, in a statement said “Robinson allegedly engaged in masturbation and exposed his penis to a 21-year-old female passenger seated next to him while onboard a flight from Newark to Boston. Robinson then placed his hand on top of the victim’s thigh without her consent. Shortly after departure, the victim recorded a 24-second video of Robinson allegedly fondling and manipulating his penis through his pants. A short time later, it is alleged that the victim looked over and saw that Robinson had exposed his penis. Approximately five minutes before landing, Robinson allegedly placed his hand on the victim’s thigh, prompting the victim to ask why he was touching her, to which Robinson withdrew his hand and looked out the window. It is alleged that the victim then got the attention of another passenger and displayed a message on her phone, “Hi, this man assaulted me and touched my leg and is masturbating.” During the deplaning process, the victim approached a flight attendant about the incident but was unable to point Robinson out due to the volume of passengers deplaning. It is alleged that security footage captured Robinson, upon exiting the secure area of the terminal, repeatedly looking back in the direction from which he came while proceeding to the baggage carousel level.”
Robinson will make an initial appearance in federal court in Boston at a later date.