Thursday, December 30, 2010
Man Relaxing On Plane Charged With Indecent Exposure
Getting Off In Denver
Programmer, 34, arrested for in-flight masturbation episode
MARCH 2, 2010--A Delaware man is facing a federal criminal charge after he was caught yesterday masturbating on a plane while seated next to a female passenger.
Murali Nookella, a 34-year-old computer programmer, was en route to Denver from Philadelphia on a Southwest Airlines flight when a woman noticed him 'fumbling underneath a blanket,' according to an affidavit sworn by FBI Agent Joel Nishida. The woman, identified only by her initials in the affidavit, said that Nookella's 'eyes were closed and his hands moved all around his groin area' underneath a 'mustard/gold blanket pulled up to his waist.'
As the woman packed up her belonging to move seats, she 'looked at Nookella and saw him holding his erect penis.' The woman said that Nookella remarked, 'You caught me.' Nookella held a napkin in his left hand, the woman told the FBI. According to Nishida's affidavit, a copy of which you'll find at left, the woman 'did not look but heard a swishing sound. She thought Nookella wiped something.'
Nookella's employer told TSG that he was headed to Denver on a work assignment. Nookella was named today in a misdemeanor criminal complaint charging him with indecent exposure. If convicted, he faces a maximum of 90 days in jail and a $5000 fine.