74 Year Old Man Sentenced For Molesting A Minor On An Airplane


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74 Year Old Man Sentenced For Molesting A Minor On An Airplane

By Daniel Guevarra

October 15, 2010 - Curtis Keith Cooper, of Princeville, Hawaii, was sentenced today to 97 months in prison for molesting a minor while aboard a flight from Hawaii to California in July 2003, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney for the District of Hawaii Florence T. Nakakuni.

Cooper, 74, was also sentenced by Senior U.S. District Court Judge Alan C. Kay to serve five years of supervised release following his prison term and to pay $3,098 in restitution. Cooper pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Apr. 19, 2010, to one count of aggravated sexual abuse of a minor under the age of 12 years within the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States. He was indicted on those charges on Nov. 19, 2009.


According to court documents, Cooper admitted that on July 12, 2003, during a flight from Hawaii to Northern California, Cooper sat next to a minor who was age 9. During the flight, the minor started to fall asleep with a blanket over her. Cooper reached under the blanket and committed aggravated sexual abuse by touching the minor inappropriately without her consent. In Court the young women, now age 16, stated the incident had changed her live forever, "If I was never molested, I would be a completely different person, a happy person." She further stated that her happiness had been destroyed, she has nightmares.

It was not until age 12 when she enrolled in sex education did she understand the full gravity of what had happen. The young teenager stated that she had attempted suicide by cutting her wrist, ?I don?t care if I live or die,? Today this young lady suffers from two eating disorders; Anorexia and Bulimia. The young teenager further stated that at the time her mother did not believe her and referred to her as ?crap? and her relationship with her father was affected as she was afraid to be hugged by him fearing of being molested again.

Since the report of the molestation other women have come forward. One of the victims sued Cooper and they settled out of court. This case is being prosecuted by Trial Attorney Anitha Ibrahim of the Criminal Division?s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney Larry Butrick of the U.S. Attorney?s Office for the District of Hawaii. This case was investigated by the FBI and the Contra Costa County Sheriff?s Office.

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