New questions and searches greet travelers flying to the US

Travelers walk with their luggage after exiting the customs and immigration area at the international arrivals terminal at Newark Liberty International Airport, Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, in Newark, N.J. Long-haul carriers are starting new screening procedures for U.S.-bound passengers after receiving new security guidelines from American authorities. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

The Associated Press

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A doctor has admitted assaulting a sleeping girl on a flight from Seattle to New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport.

Vijaykumar Krishnappa appeared before a federal magistrate in Newark on Wednesday.

Latest Video

Prosecutors say the 29-year-old physician intentionally touched the girl near her groin over her leggings without her consent. She was sleeping in the seat next to him on the July flight.

Under terms of a plea agreement, the Indian national will be sentenced to between 30 and 90 days in prison in January.

He was studying medicine in the U.S. under a fellowship for doctors from foreign counties.

Stay informed! Sign up to receive top headlines delivered to your inbox each morning.

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.