Dr. Rajesh Subramanya, who formerly worked at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford, pleaded guilty Thursday to touching the woman Sept. 29 aboard Delta Flight 3359, the Memphis Commercial Appeal reported.
The woman, a doctor who was going through her residency at the time, told FBI investigators that Subramanya grabbed her breast beneath her bra and a sweater that she used as a blanket as she slept during the flight out of LaGuardia Airport.
“[The woman] recoiled, and the male passenger used his hand to move up and down on two of her fingers in a sexual gesture,” an FBI agent wrote in an affidavit. “[The woman] pulled her hand away. The man asked if he could touch her and she said no.”
Subramanya made small talk with the woman, telling her that he was a pediatrician in Oxford. The pair exchanged phone numbers after Subramanya suggested they do so for networking purposes, the affidavit stated.
FBI investigators subsequently used that number to identify Subramanya, who was arrested on Nov. 19 and admitted that he touched the woman’s breast through her clothing. But he initially claimed the victim “welcomed his touch” since she was leaning towards his seat at the time, the affidavit stated.
Subramanya, who has passports from the United Kingdom and India, agreed to return to the UK as part of his sentence, according to a court docket entry. He was also ordered to pay a $3,000 fine and serve one year of probation, the newspaper reported.