Deputy US Marshal held in UK for alleged sexual assault on JFK flight


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A US Marshal was detained by UK police after he allegedly became disruptive and sexually abused a woman during a Delta Airlines flight from JFK Airport to London. The federal law enforcement officer “exhibited inappropriate behavior” while drunk on the flight that landed at Heathrow Airport Wednesday morning, the US Marshal’s Service said in a statement to The Post. The deputy, 39, was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault after staff told authorities that a “passenger was disruptive and had sexually assaulted other passengers and crew,” Metro Police in London said in a statement. The US Marshals Service said it would cooperate with UK law enforcement officials as their investigation continues. A second deputy marshal was also detained, but only for a brief time, a law enforcement official told the Associated Press. That marshal was sent home. The pair were originally sent to London to bring back a suspect when the federal officer was accused of sexually abusing a woman on board, four law enforcement officials told NBC 4, which was first to report the incident. The woman complained to flight crew that she had been inappropriately touched during the flight, the sources also told the station. Delta said in a statement it is cooperating with the investigation. “Due to unruly passenger behavior while in flight, Delta Flight 1, JFK to London-Heathrow, was met by local law enforcement upon landing and Delta is cooperating with their investigation,” the airline said.

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