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Catholic priest groped sleeping woman on airplane

Father Marcelo De Jesusmaria
Father Marcelo De Jesusmaria

Father Marcelo De Jesusmaria, from California, US, was sentenced to six months in prison and six months of home detention for abusive sexual assault.

The 46-year-old priest asked an air hostess if he could “sit next to his wife” before moving to the last row of the plane beside his sleeping victim.

De Jesusmaria then groped the sleeping woman’s breast.

His victim awoke to find the priest’s hand on top of her leg, near her groin.

The incident occurred aboard a US Airways flight from Philadelphia to Los Angeles in August 2014.

US District Court Judge Beverly Reid O'Connell said the priest's actions left "devastatingly negative impacts" on the victim.