California man gets 6 months prison for grabbing Southwest flight attendant’s buttocks

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A California man has been sentenced to six months in federal prison after he repeatedly touched a flight attendant’s legs and grabbed her buttocks during a Southwest flight to Albuquerque, N.M., in December 2019.

Alton James Johnson, 43, also assaulted a second flight attendant who tried to intervene, federal prosecutors said Wednesday in announcing the sentencing in federal court in New Mexico.

A resident of Yuba City, north of Sacramento, Johnson admitted he was under the influence of alcohol during the in-flight incident but conceded he was still in control of his actions, prosecutors said.

He agreed to plead guilty to misdemeanor simple assault and serve the six months under a deal in which prosecutors dropped a felony charge that would have required him to register as a sex offender, court filings revealed.

According to the plea agreement, Johnson “forcefully grabbed” the flight attendant’s buttocks when he groped her for a third time after calling her “pretty” and being told to stop.

When a male flight attendant stepped in and asked Johnson to keep his hands to himself, Johnson forcefully gripped the second flight attendant by the arm, prosecutors said.

“Defendant responded in an angry manner by grabbing (the male flight attendant’s) arm and telling him, ‘You need to be more humble and find a new career,’” the sentencing memo filed by prosecutors said.

The male flight attendant asked Johnson “to remove his grip and alerted federal authorities,” the memo said.

“When the plane landed, defendant was greeted by law enforcement, whom he treated with anger, a raised voice, and profanity-laced outbursts,” prosecutors wrote.

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