A United States marshal was arrested in London and faces accusations of being drunk and disruptive on a flight from New York City to London.
London police said Michael Brereton, 39, was acting inappropriately during the transatlantic flight.
Metropolitan Police Service spokesperson Josh Coupe told USA TODAY Brereton was charged with entering the aircraft while drunk.
A female passenger reportedly accused Brereton of sexual assault.
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A deputy US marshal has been arrested in London after being accused of sexually assaulting a female passenger on a flight from New York
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Per USA Today:
Brereton is scheduled to appear at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on Friday. The U.S. Marshal Service confirmed it was aware of the incident, but did not comment further on the charge or further disciplinary action against Brereton. It provided the following statement to USA TODAY Thursday and said it is cooperating with relevant agencies on the investigation:
“The U.S. Marshals Service takes seriously any allegations of misconduct by its employees. The alleged actions of the employees do not reflect the professionalism of the thousands of employees of the USMS or its core values.”
Two marshals were flying on Delta Flight 1 from JFK to Heathrow to extradite a U.S. criminal when a woman complained to flight crew that she had been inappropriately touched, NBC first reported.
“Due to unruly passenger behavior while in flight, Delta Flight 1, JFK to London-Heathrow, was met by local law enforcement upon landing and Delta is cooperating with their investigation,” a Delta spokesperson said in a statement.
NBC News added:
Two law enforcement sources said the two federal marshals had been drinking during the flight. The second marshal was being sent back to New York on Wednesday night without facing any charges.
Both deputies, who are assigned to the Eastern District of New York, were en route to London to bring back a suspect wanted in Brooklyn on federal fraud-related charges.
Metropolitan Police in London said in a statement that their officers at Heathrow Airport were informed that the marshal had “sexually assaulted other passengers and crew” aboard the flight, adding that the marshal, who is 39, was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and remains in custody.
A spokesman for the U.S. Marshals Service said it was aware that the officer “engaged in serious alleged misconduct while intoxicated on an inbound flight.” The spokesperson added that the Marshals Service is cooperating with U.K. law enforcement and other agencies.