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Chester County Man Charged with Sexually Assaulting a Minor on Cross Country Flight

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney Jacqueline C. Romero announced that Edward Decker, 45, of West Chester, Pennsylvania, was charged by indictment with two counts of abusive sexual contact on an aircraft.

In July 2022, Decker allegedly engaged in sexual contact with a minor on an American Airlines flight, departing San Diego, California, arriving in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of 5 years in prison, one year of supervised release, a $500,000 fine, and a $200 special assessment.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Josh A. Davison.

An indictment, information, or criminal complaint is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated June 12, 2023