Visiting Cornell Professor Arrested For Allegedly Molesting Sleeping Woman On Flight

planecaseEun-jong Lee, 47, a visiting professor of Human Ecology Design at Cornell University has been arrested after he allegedly groped a sleeping woman’s breast on a flight from Tokyo to Newark, New Jersey. He has been charged with abusive sexual contact, a felony carrying a maximum two-year prison term and a $250,000 fine.

The woman was seated next to Lee on Flight 78 and fell asleep during the 13-hour flight. She woke later to find one of Lee’s hands “located on top of her shirt and touching her breast through her clothing.” Lee then allegedly “touched the skin of the Victim’s neck and attempted to place his hand down the front of her shirt.” When she told Lee to stop, she says that he then walked to an airplane bathroom as she reported the matter to the flight crew.

Lee is a professor at Handong Global University in South Korea and is a visiting scholar at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where he teaches in the College of Human Ecology’s Design & Environmental Analysis program.

Lee’s specialty is in “user experience”, or UX, and smart interface/interaction design projects/

In a statement, Vice President for University Relations Joel Malina said: “Eun Jong Lee is not an employee of Cornell University. He has been a visiting scholar on the campus. His privileges at Cornell have been suspended and his future affiliation with the university will be assessed as the facts of this matter are confirmed. The University is cooperating with the authorities. We have no further comment on this matter.”

Source: Smoking Gun

28 thoughts on “Visiting Cornell Professor Arrested For Allegedly Molesting Sleeping Woman On Flight”

  1. Just make it subject to the death penalty …. then we can have more practice with lethal injections and work on ZPG. Why go with half-measures ? Let’s make a clean breast of it.

  2. Doesn’t this quote explain it all? ” Lee’s specialty is in ‘user experience’”,

  3. Correction. Forget the attribution…

    Gary T @ 11:25 am: “As Nick said, this is not a police matter even if it turns out it was pervy.”

    Disagree.

    JT: “She woke later to find one of Lee’s hands “located on top of her shirt and touching her breast through her clothing.” Lee then allegedly “touched the skin of the Victim’s neck and attempted to place his hand down the front of her shirt.””

    If he’s not a serial-perv, next time he may keep his hands where they belong.

    Perfect little poem, Squeeky.

  4. As Nick said, this is not a police matter even if it turns out it was pervy.

    Disagree.

    JT: “She woke later to find one of Lee’s hands “located on top of her shirt and touching her breast through her clothing.” Lee then allegedly “touched the skin of the Victim’s neck and attempted to place his hand down the front of her shirt.””

    If he’s not a serial-perv, next time he may keep his hands where they belong.

    Perfect little poem, Squeeky.

  5. We are of course too presuming he did it.
    Could he have been asleep? There is the common trope of people sleeping next to each other on long flights or bus rides, who inadvertently crawl all over each other while asleep.
    I myself while reading on a long bus ride, had a woman who was sleeping next to me drape her arm over my shoulders, until I gently nudged back.
    As Nick said, this is not a police matter even if it turns out it was pervy.

  6. Lee is a metrosexual and Squeeky could kick his ass. My mother used to give my 2 sisters lessons on how to kick and punch groping guys in the balls. So much stuff that ends up w/ police action can be handled even better right on the spot.

  7. Another very human story. However, I would like to put an end to such egregious penalties for crimes. Very serious sexual assaults happen all the time, most aren’t reported, those that are are often not prosecuted, and if prosecuted the assailants do not spend much time in jail, much less than should be the case and sometimes much greater when complicated by race and class. It was a creepy and thoroughly wrong thing for him to do, and he should be held accountable in some way (maybe the university could come up with something, even short of ending his position). In other words, there should be a remedy that leads to understanding, apology and even some restitution, and a possibility of forgiveness.

  8. Oh what a creep! He needs an Irish Poem!

    Mountains of Data???
    An Irish Poem by Squeeky Fromm

    There once was a prof from Cornell
    Who’d at Human Ecology excel!
    Sooo, while others might rest
    His hands kept “abreast”
    Of the mountains on mademoiselle.

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

  9. BettyKath. Here is the statute covering aircraft:

    CHAPTER 465 – SPECIAL AIRCRAFT JURISDICTION OF THE UNITED STATES

    -HEAD-

    Sec. 46501. Definitions

    -STATUTE-

    In this chapter –

    (1) “aircraft in flight” means an aircraft from the moment all

    external doors are closed following boarding –

    (A) through the moment when one external door is opened to

    allow passengers to leave the aircraft; or

    (B) until, if a forced landing, competent authorities take

    over responsibility for the aircraft and individuals and

    property on the aircraft.

    (2) “special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States”

    includes any of the following aircraft in flight:

    (A) a civil aircraft of the United States.

    (B) an aircraft of the armed forces of the United States.

    (C) another aircraft in the United States.

    (D) another aircraft outside the United States –

    (i) that has its next scheduled destination or last place

    of departure in the United States, if the aircraft next lands

    in the United States;

    (ii) on which an individual commits an offense (as defined

    in the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Seizure of

    Aircraft) if the aircraft lands in the United States with the

    individual still on the aircraft; or

    (iii) against which an individual commits an offense (as

    defined in subsection (d) or (e) of article I, section I of

    the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against

    the Safety of Civil Aviation) if the aircraft lands in the

    United States with the individual still on the aircraft.

    (E) any other aircraft leased without crew to a lessee whose

    principal place of business is in the United States or, if the

    lessee does not have a principal place of business, whose

    permanent residence is in the United States.

    (3) an individual commits an offense (as defined in the

    Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Seizure of Aircraft)

    when the individual, when on an aircraft in flight –

    (A) by any form of intimidation, unlawfully seizes, exercises

    control of, or attempts to seize or exercise control of, the

    aircraft; or

    (B) is an accomplice of an individual referred to in

    subclause (A) of this clause.

  10. Questions about jurisdiction in ships and airplanes that are outside the limits of a country. What are the rules? Can his defense be that he was in international air and there are no rules? Does the captain get to judge an mete out punishment? Or does jurisdiction go to the next port?

  11. Another example of the folly of “copping a feel” within the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States.

  12. The groper from South Korea (with this link “Source: All Africa”) comes to American to teach Groping 101?

    The link at the bottom of the post goes to “Kenya: New Bill Wants Gays Stoned in Public” …

    Perhaps the link will corrected, or perhaps this is a story about a groping gay professor who is self medicating using a “how not to be gay” textbook from Freedom University?

    Meanwhile, is someone visiting from Barbaria University and teaching cops how to be barbarians (Will The Military Become The Police? – 5)?

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