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Airport worker accused of sexually assaulting female passenger on gift shop

Sam Nedawi, 56, was arrested and accused of sexual crime, battery on Sunday.

(Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department)

A North Carolina employee on the Charlotte Douglas International Airport has been accused of sexually assaulting a 20-year-old female passenger in one of the airport gift shops.

Sam Nedawi, 56, was arrested and accused of sexual crime, battery on Sunday, after the woman reported his alleged conduct of the police, WSOC reports. The woman claims the incident took place on the afternoon of 6 June, per a police report obtained by the station.

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According to WCNC, the police report also stated that the incident lasted nearly 20 minutes, and that the victim is under the influence of drugs at the time.

Airport officials have confirmed Nedawi, a contract employee, was employed at the Paradies shop in the airport, and also served as an employee of Lufthansa, working at the check-in desk, WCNC reported.

In addition to working in a shop, the suspect also worked at the airport Lufthansa check-in counter, airport officials confirmed.

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Lufthansa has meanwhile issued a statement in reaction to the news of Nedawi’s arrest, writing that they no longer would he make use of his services.

“If we follow a strict zero-tolerance policy for the harassment and violence of any kind, we have informed his employer that Lufthansa will not accept his services in the future,” said Lufthansa.

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A representative from the Charlotte Douglas International Airport was not immediately available for comment.

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