A teenage girl traveling to the Yellowstone National Park area for a family vacation was repeatedly groped by a man on her flight to Montana last week, federal authorities charged.
The suspect, 76-year-old Vincent Kopacek, allegedly touched the 15-year-old victim while he was sitting in the seat behind her on the July 8 flight from Austin, Texas, to the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport, according to charging documents against him.
Before the flight took off, Kopacek placed his hands on the girl’s seat — then began to “touch her body as the flight progressed,” an affidavit filed by FBI agents who investigated the case states.
“Shortly after takeoff, [Kopacek] grabbed and squeezed her arm,” the affidavit states.
“He then moved his hand between her arm and her torso, brushed his fingers along her torso and grabbed her waist. At some point, the male touched her chest and groped her breast over her clothes,” it adds.
Kopacek faces a maximum 15