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Man convicted of sexually assaulting sleeping nurse on flight to Atlanta

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Newly released body camera video shows the times a man was arrested for sexually assaulting an ER nurse during a flight from St. Louis to Atlanta.

A federal judge sentenced Scott Russell Granden to 21 months in prison on Tuesday.

Prosecutors said Granden inappropriately touched the nurse on a Southwest Airlines flight in March 2021. Granden is accused of touching her legs, groin and buttocks through her clothing on multiple occasions without her permission.

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“This was not an isolated incident,” an assistant U.S. attorney said. “He just kept going on and on.”

Channel 2’s Mark Winne obtained body video of Granden’s arrest as he got off the plane.

“Am I detained or what?” Granden asks the officers when they confront him.


A sentencing memorandum suggests Granden began shouting vile and homophobic racial slurs at officers on several occasions, pulled down his pants and shouted “Rape!”

The agents knew how to remain professional.

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Granden will now have to register as a sex offender when he returns to his home state of Missouri.

Because Granden’s crimes were committed on an airplane, they are considered federal and he will not be eligible for parole.

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