Boston Doctor Arrested for Allegedly Committing Lewd Acts on Hawaiian Airlines

The skies above may be a realm of serenity and travel, but an unsettling incident aboard a Hawaiian Airlines flight has highlighted a dark and distressing reality. Dr. Sudipta Mohanty, a Boston-based internal medicine and primary care doctor, now finds himself facing serious allegations after an incident that left a 14-year-old girl feeling “disgusted and very uncomfortable.”

On May 27, 2022, a Hawaiian Airlines Flight en route from Honolulu to Boston became the stage for what has been described as lewd and inappropriate conduct. Dr. Mohanty, seated next to a 14-year-old minor traveling with her grandparents, allegedly engaged in behavior that shook the young girl and prompted a swift response from law enforcement.

According to an affidavit filed in a Boston federal court, the teenager recounted the events with a mix of shock and dismay. Approximately five hours into the flight, Dr. Mohanty reportedly pulled a blanket up to his neck, obscuring his actions from view. What followed was a disturbing sequence of events – the girl observed his leg bouncing rhythmically, raising her suspicions. The blanket eventually slipped, revealing a scene that no young individual should ever have to witness. Mohanty’s pants were reportedly unzipped, exposing his genitals.

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The young passenger acted swiftly, moving to another seat to escape the unsettling situation. As the flight touched down in Boston, the girl promptly informed her family about the disturbing incident, setting into motion a series of events that led to Dr. Mohanty’s arrest.

The official FBI Boston account took to Twitter to announce the arrest, revealing that Dr. Sudipta Mohanty had been taken into custody following the initial court appearance. The charges, if proven, could result in a prison sentence of 90 days, a year of supervised release, and a fine of up to $5,000.

Acting U.S. Attorney Joshua Levy emphasized the gravity of the situation, asserting that “everyone, especially children, has the absolute right to not be exposed to lewd conduct when they are traveling.” The incident, seen as “reprehensible” by Acting Special Agent in Charge Christopher Dizenna of the FBI’s Boston Division, underscores the agency’s commitment to addressing crimes committed on aircraft, whether they involve sexual misconduct, assault, interference with flight crew, or theft.

The case not only sheds light on the alarming nature of the alleged incident but also serves as a reminder that responsible and respectful conduct is essential, even in the confines of an airplane cabin. The outcome of this legal proceeding will be closely watched, as it underscores the imperative to create safe and secure environments for all passengers, especially the most vulnerable among us.