Woman groped on JFK flight says she was ‘disrespected’ by attacker’s sentence

Woman groped on JFK flight says she was ‘disrespected’ by attacker’s sentence

A Queens girl who was sexually molested on a flight to JFK Airport instructed The Submit on Monday {that a} federal decide “disrespected” her by giving her convicted attacker a break.

The sufferer, 30, mentioned US District Decide Frederic Block, 88, “invalidated” her horrifying 2018 expertise by permitting convicted creep Daniel Katz to dodge any jail time final week.

“It hurts,” mentioned the girl, who requested to be recognized solely as Gina. “Regardless that in the end [his conviction] was nonetheless an empowering expertise … and useful for my therapeutic journey, I believe on the finish of the day, I actually simply really feel disrespected.

“My largest response was after I shared my assertion, the decide repeatedly referred to this as an oddball case, an oddball factor, an oddball ordeal,” she mentioned. “And I believe that speaks volumes as a result of it’s not an oddball factor.

“It was a sexual assault and a convicted felony and also you diminishing that to confer with it as an oddball factor simply fully invalidates not solely my expertise however each different sexual assault sufferer,” mentioned the girl, who works in tech providers.

A molested flier says US District Decide Frederic Block “disrespected” her along with his sentencing of her attacker.Paul Martinka

Katz, 36, was discovered responsible of abusive sexual contact by a federal jury final 12 months within the February 23, 2018, assault on Etihad Airways Flt. 103 — with federal prosecutors in Brooklyn asking that he be sentenced to as much as 21 months behind bars.

Block, a Clinton appointee, as a substitute sentenced Katz to at least one 12 months of probation, together with three months of unmonitored residence confinement.

“What assertion does that make to future predators?” Gina instructed The Submit on Monday. “What assertion does that make to people who find themselves terrified to report abuse, as a result of it’s scary.”

Katz declined to remark to The Submit on Sunday when he was reached at his Brooklyn residence. Phone calls to him weren’t returned Sunday and Monday.

A Queens girl mentioned she was sexually molested whereas sleeping on Etihad Airways Flt. 103 headed to JFK Airport on Feb. 23, 2018.Getty Pictures

Based on courtroom papers, Katz is a former volunteer at an upstate New York kids’s summer season camp and twice taught children in South Korea.

He instructed investigators that his encounter with Gina was consensual and even claimed at one level that his sufferer was “the aggressor” within the incident.

However Gina mentioned she was asleep on the airplane when Katz assaulted her.

She mentioned she was coming back from a dream trip in Thailand and Abu Dhabi when she was attacked in her seat and the journey was a nightmare.

She mentioned flight attendants dismissed her complaints and that the airline later refused to research the incident — prompting her to lastly name an NYPD rape hotline.

Cops referred her to the FBI, which opened an investigation that ended with the trial in Brooklyn federal courtroom and Katz’s conviction in June 2021.

Along with probation, Block ordered Katz to carry out 75 hours of group service and required him to register as a intercourse offender, courtroom data present.

A Queens girl mentioned flight attendants dismissed her complaints.Getty Pictures

But it surely falls far in need of justice, Gina mentioned.

“What can we do transferring ahead? How can this culturally be used to only do higher,” she mentioned “Sadly, the decide selected the facet of the predator on this case.

“The incident itself is simply so violating,” she mentioned. “You’re feeling so uncovered and so susceptible.”

“There are such a lot of methods which you could really feel invalidated on this course of and for a decide then on the finish of the day, sentencing is totally as much as that particular person, to not solely disrespect my expertise but additionally the 12 individuals who convicted him, and say, ‘I disagree’ or no matter, ‘It’s not that dangerous.’ After which to offer this sentence? It’s similar to, wow.”

In the meantime, Decide Block is not any stranger to controversy.

He threw out a gun cost in opposition to a violent felon in 2015, telling critics of the transfer, “I’m on the DGS stage of life: Don’t give a s–t.”

Block additionally as soon as referred to the feminine victims in an assault case as “no angels,” whereas he sentenced their attacker to no further jail time. 

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