Update: Woman Accused of Groping Female Passenger Sentenced to Probation and Home Detention

Heidi Anne McKinney — who allegedly touched the breast and genitals of a fellow female passenger without her consent aboard an airplane which operated as Alaska Airlines flight 621 en route from Las Vegas to Portland on the evening of Sunday, May 8, 2016 — was sentenced to eight months of home detention and three years of probation on Monday, July 10, 2017.

Update: Woman Accused of Groping Female Passenger Sentenced to Probation and Home Detention

McKinney — who is now 27 years of age and is from Banks, which is a suburb of Portland — pleaded guilty to assault with the intent to commit a felony on Friday, March 24, 2017 at the United States District Court for the District of Oregon. She initially faced a maximum penalty of ten years in federal prison and a fine of $250,000.00.

According to this article written by Maxine Bernstein of The Oregonian:

“McKinney, who was traveling with her sister-in-law, insisted on taking multiple photos of the 19-year-old woman despite her protestations. After the plane took off, McKinney tried to lure the 19-year-old into drinking alcohol that she had smuggled onto the plane. When the 19-year-old refused, McKinney threw the bottle onto the victim’s lap, according to prosecutors.

McKinney subjected the 19-year-old to lewd and demeaning taunts and physical touching, including licking the 19-year-old’s ear, placing her hand on the victim’s crotch several times and attempting to force the 19-year-old to touch McKinney’s breasts, Assistant U.S. Attorney Ravi Sinha wrote in a sentencing memo.

“At one point, McKinney climbed on top of the victim and said she wanted to have sex, Sinha’s memo said.”

Although McKinney did not speak in federal court during her sentencing, she did compose a letter of apology to the young woman who she verbally and physically abused. The unidentified victim acknowledged that McKinney “messed with my head and took something from me that I will never get back” on that day, as read by her grandmother in court.

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 in May of 2016, she was reportedly on bench probation in Washington County in Oregon. McKinney has been struggling with alcohol abuse since she was a teenager, which purportedly coincided with her own sexual abuse. She has been ordered not to consume any alcoholic beverages; not to have firearms in her home; and not to have “anything to do with” the marijuana business operated by her husband.

McKinney was arrested after the airplane landed at Portland International Airport and approached its assigned gate. 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.


I am still not convinced that if a perverted ugly old man committed the exact same offense on the exact same person as Heidi McKinney and pleaded guilty to it, he most likely would have received significantly harsher discipline…

…which leads me to ask once again: is that perceived double standard blatantly wrong and unfair — or is it understandable due to human nature?

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

4 thoughts on “Update: Woman Accused of Groping Female Passenger Sentenced to Probation and Home Detention”

  1. Christian says:

    One of the many double standards in our society.

  2. Scott says:

    This needs to be the punishment of every TSA sicko.

  3. James says:

    When a woman gropes another woman, sentenced into probation. When a man said a services was done by grandmother, the man labeled mysoginist. Democracy at its best!

  4. DaninMCI says:

    I keep seeing more and more details unfold on this. This person recently went through rehab since the incident and obviously has a drinking problem. If I was the judge I wouldn’t allow her to live with a person running a marijuana business. I would also see about having her put on some sort of no fly list as part of the punishment.
    I guess she didn’t get the memo about leaving what happens in Vegas, in Vegas.

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