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Mississippi Man Charged with Exposing His Genitals on an Airplane

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

SCRANTON- The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that James Torrez Smith, age 24, of Jackson Mississippi, was charged with violation of law on an aircraft. 

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, the information alleges that on June 6, 2023, Smith was a passenger on a flight from O’Hare International Airport to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport.  Throughout the flight, Smith exposed his genitalia and engaged in masturbation.

 The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jenny P. Roberts is prosecuting the case.

The maximum penalty under federal law for this offense is 90 days of imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine.  A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

Criminal Informations are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.

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Updated September 18, 2023