Sex Crimes

Off-duty pilot accused of groping teenage girl while he was passenger on a flight to Utah

A former Utah airline pilot has been sentenced to 27 months in prison for groping a 14-year-old girl while he was a passenger on a flight from Detroit to Salt Lake City.

Michael James Pascal appeared in Utah federal court Wednesday. He was convicted of abusive sexual contact in March.

Court documents show the teenager said she awoke from a nap on the October 2013 Delta Airlines flight. She said she felt Pascal's hand under her, gripping her buttocks.

Court records show Pascal told her he was sorry and had been asleep at the time.

Pascal lost his job with a regional airline carrier, a Delta Airlines contractor, when he was charged.

A Delta spokesman previously told The Associated Press that the airline cooperated with investigators but declined further comment.