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California Man Found Guilty Of Sexually Assaulting A Girl On A Flight To Florida

A federal jury Friday found Brian Patrick Durning, 52, Altadena, CA, guilty of an assault of a minor on a plane and two counts of simple assault.
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A federal jury Friday found a California man guilty of sexually assaulting a minor child on an aircraft and two counts of simple assault.

Brian Durning, 52, of California, faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison on the first offense and up to two years in prison on the second offense.

His sentencing hearing is scheduled for September 26, 2023. Durning had been indicted on July 6, 2022.

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According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, Durning boarded a redeye flight from Los Angeles to Orlando and was seated next to a 13-year-old girl.

The child had been separated from the rest of her family, who were seated two rows away from her.

After the cabin lights were dimmed and most of the passengers fell asleep, Durning sexually assaulted the child. A nearby passenger awoke and observed one of Durning’s hands between the child’s legs and intervened.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Federal Air Marshals, and the Orlando Police Department.

It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael P. Felicetta and Courtney Richardson-Jones.

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