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Mom, other passengers intervene when woman rubs 14-year-old’s leg during flight, FBI say

The mother of a 14-year-old was among the passengers who intervened when a woman began rubbing her daughter’s head and legs during a Breeze Airways flight, federal prosecutors said.

While sitting next to the teen, Susan Holliday not only rubbed the girl but “also placed the child’s hand on (her) chest” during the May 14 flight from Louisville, Kentucky, to Charleston, South Carolina, according to the prosecutors.

Holliday, 61, of Hardeeville, South Carolina, pleaded guilty March 4 to simple assault of a minor on board an aircraft in connection with the incident, court records show.

She is represented by Charles Condon, a former attorney general of South Carolina, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment from McClatchy News on March 5.

Holliday is accused of assaulting the 14-year-old while he was “intoxicated from drinking alcohol,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of South Carolina said in a March 5 news release.

By doing so, Holliday disrupted the flight, causing the girl’s mother and other passengers to take action, prosecutors said.

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According to the attorney’s office, Holliday was moved to another seat, where a flight attendant stayed with her until the plane landed in Charleston.

McClatchy News reached out to Breeze Airways for comment on March 5 and did not immediately receive a response.

Holliday was released on March 4 on a $25,000 unsecured bond, court records show.

She must surrender her passport, not apply for another passport and not drink alcohol, according to an order setting out the conditions for her release.

Holliday faces up to a year in prison and a fine of up to $100,000, prosecutors said.

She will be sentenced after U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel receives and reviews a sentencing report from the U.S. Probation Office, the law firm said. The date of her sentencing was not specified.

The FBI’s Columbia Field Office investigated the matter, the law firm said.

The FBI investigates sexual misconduct, assaults, interference with flight crew members and thefts that occur on an aircraft, the agency said.

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Hardeeville is located about 22 miles northwest of Hilton Head Island.

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