Update: Woman Accused of Groping Female Passenger Indicted

A  woman — who is 26 years of age and was initially accused in court in the state of Oregon of third-degree sexual abuse during a flight — was indicted by a federal grand jury on a charge of abusive sexual contact.

Update: Woman Accused of Groping Female Passenger Indicted

An unidentified female passenger aboard an airplane — which operated as Alaska Airlines flight 621 en route from Las Vegas to Portland — was allegedly touched on her breast and genitals by Heidi McKinney without her consent on the evening of Sunday, May 8, 2016. The indictment also alleges McKinney touched another passenger on the inner thigh or groin during the same flight.

Law enforcement officers of the Port of Portland Police Department were dispatched, as the incident was classified as a sex crime. The suspect was arrested based on probable cause of sexual abuse in the third degree; and bail was set at $2,500.00. An investigation was conducted by both the police department and the Office of the District Attorney of Multnomah County; but the allegation was dismissed — as prosecutors of the state of Oregon eventually announced that they will not pursue a criminal case against the suspect — and the case was referred to the United States Attorney’s Office of the District of Oregon, as prosecutors for the federal government typically handle cases involving crimes alleged to have been committed aboard aircraft.

“She was led into court by a U.S. deputy marshal. She entered a not guilty plea to the charge”, according to this article written by Maxine Bernstein of The Oregonian. “She was allowed to be released from custody under a set of pretrial conditions, including that she not possess or use any drugs including marijuana or alcohol. She also was ordered to obtain permission from a pretrial services officer before taking any other airplane flights.”


According to court records, McKinney has two prior convictions from 2008 and 2015 for driving under the influence of intoxicants; and at the time of her arrest this past May, she was reportedly on bench probation in Washington County in Oregon.

This information would lead to the assumption that McKinney was supposedly inebriated in some way at the time which the incident occurred.

Heidi McKinney. Source: The Office of the Sheriff of Multnomah County.

5 thoughts on “Update: Woman Accused of Groping Female Passenger Indicted”

  1. Ramsey says:

    BRIAN, I looked high and low for some of your modeling work on the internet …. Here it is


    1. Brian Cohen says:

      Ramsey, I am offended that you believe that what you presented is an example of my modeling work.

      You of all people should know better that that is not me, as I would have fallen flat on my face and broken my nose after only one or two steps if I were to walk in those shoes…

  2. USisntnazigermany says:

    Do you work for the Stasi? If unknown look it up in Wikipedia. It is not civilized if the serious media ruins the life of somebody who made a terrible mistake by telling the identity. Mostly since the Internet has a very long memory. But if bloggers like you do the same this is amateur witch hunting. What will you do if one day a person you post here accused of an offense is innocent? Will you write a cheap sorry and blame the media for this because you got the info from them? I can not accept this by no means, still I send you a hug hoping your heart reads this, and not your ego.

  3. It’s good to see I am NOT your weirdest reader. Close, maybe.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      You are not the weirdest reader of The Gate, Ramsey’s Rants, Miles and Points Secrets — and in some cases, by a wide margin…

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