NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Federal agents have arrested the president of a Louisiana bible college as he tried to get off of a plane.
Cornelius Tilton, 65, of New Orleans is accused of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old student on Saturday (Nov. 30) on a flight from Israel to New Jersey.
Federal prosecutors in New Jersey said Tilton touched the young man inappropriately and forced the victim's hand to touch him in a sexual manner.
“During the flight, Tilton allegedly placed his hand on the victim’s bare calf. Tilton continued to touch the victim’s thigh, and eventually began rubbing the victim’s genitals over the victim’s shorts. The victim did not react, or look at Tilton, out of shock and fear,” prosecutors said.
They said the victim left to go to the bathroom in order to avoid further contact, but the sexual behavior continued when he returned to his seat.
While the FBI did not release the name of the college, Christian Bible College of Louisiana on Paris Ave. lists Tilton as its president. He is also an acting pastor at a church in the Irish Channel.
The charge of abusive sexual contact carries a maximum sentence of two years in prison or a fine of up to $250,000, or both.
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