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Seattle Man Found Guilty At Trial of Indecent Exposure On An Aircraft

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of North Carolina

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A federal judge found Evan Thomas Carter, 46, of Seattle, Washington, guilty of indecent exposure on an aircraft following a bench trial yesterday, announced Dena J. King, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan C. Rodriguez presided over the trial.

Robert M. DeWitt, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in North Carolina, joins U.S. Attorney King in making today’s announcement. 

According to filed court documents and court proceedings, on August 27, 2020, Carter was traveling on American Airlines Flight 560 from Seattle to Charlotte. Trial evidence established that, over the course of the flight, Carter exposed his genitalia to the passengers seated in his row and was rubbing himself. Trial evidence showed that Carter would hide his genitalia when people walked down the aisle and was exposed for at least 20 minutes until the passengers in his row were moved.

Carter was convicted of one count of indecent exposure on an aircraft, a misdemeanor offense punishable by no more than 90 days in prison and a $500 fine. A sentencing date has not been set.

The FBI investigated the case with the assistance of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Warren of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte is prosecuting the case.



Updated March 21, 2024