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FBI investigates Allen County man for sexual assault aboard a plane

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Ian Wagner, 38, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, has been charged with two counts of sexual assault and one count of indecent exposure for an incident aboard a Frontier Airlines flight from Indianapolis, Indiana, to Denver, Colorado, on October 6, 2017, involving a victim who was asleep.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - An Allen County man is now facing federal charges after prosecutors say he sexually assaulted a teenager on a flight from Indianapolis to Denver three years ago.

Ian Wagner, 38, was arrested in Fort Wayne on Oct. 4 and charged with two counts of sexual assault and one count of indecent exposure for an incident aboard a Frontier Airlines flight back in 2017.

The victim was asleep at the time of the assault.

Wagner is being charged out of the District of Nebraska as the sexual contact began, continued, and was stopped while the aircraft was in flight over the District of Nebraska.

According to the indictment, Wagner knowingly engaged in and caused sexual contact with the then 18-year-old female victim who was at the time “incapable of appraising the nature of the conduct and physically incapable of declining participation in, and communicating an unwillingness to engage in, the sexual contact.”

Crimes aboard aircraft fall within the FBI’s jurisdiction, and in the case of in-flight sexual assaults, usually take the form of unwanted touching. Sexual assault aboard aircraft is a felony.

Wagner faces up to three years in prison if convicted.

The case was investigated by the FBI.

If you think you are a victim of sexual assault aboard an aircraft, report the incident to your flight crew and to the FBI at tips.fbi.gov or 1-800-CALL-FBI, or contact your local FBI office.

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

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