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US Marshal: Man charged with sexual misconduct for actions on flight diverted to Tulsa turns himself in

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Posted at 8:43 AM, Nov 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-19 09:43:21-05

TULSA — According to US Marshals, James Clayton Cholewinski, who was charged with sexual misconduct for actions on a flight that was diverted to Tulsa, turned himself into US Marshals on Monday, November 19.

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On Monday, Cholewinski waived his preliminary hearing and bonded out of custody.

Cholewinski caused an American Airlines’ flight to be diverted to Tulsa on Nov. 5, and was charged on Nov. 8 in federal court for engaging in unwanted sexual contact with a female passenger, says U.S. Attorney Trent Shores.

U.S. Attorney Trent Shores says, “The public should know these allegations pertain to criminal sexual misconduct by Mr. Cholewinski-Boy against a female passenger, not a threat to the plane or air travel. The Federal Bureau of Investigation along with Tulsa International Airport law enforcement officers responded swiftly and professionally to this situation as soon as the plane touched down in Tulsa. The FBI will investigate this matter moving forward. I am thankful for the men and women of law enforcement who work to ensure the safety and security of the traveling public.”

The flight was en route to Salt Lake City, Utah, from Charlotte, North Carolina, when the incident occurred.

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