A 25-year-old Federal Way man pleaded guilty this week in U.S. District Court in Seattle to Assault with Intent to Commit a Felony, announced U.S. Attorney Tessa M. Gorman.

Desmond D. Bostick faces up to 10 years in prison when sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jamal N. Whitehead on July 18, 2024.

According to records filed in the case, on June 20, 2023, Bostick was seated in the last row of the plane on an Alaska Airlines flight from San Diego to Sea-Tac Airport. Bostick was in the aisle seat and the victim, who was a stranger to Bostick, was seated in the middle seat. Bostick allegedly repeatedly touched the victim on the thigh and grabbed her buttocks when she stood to allow the passenger in the window seat to exit the row. Bostick touched her buttocks a second time when the victim stood for the window seat passenger to return to his seat.

In the plea agreement, Bostick admitted that he touched the victim to arouse his sexual desire.

After the plane landed, the victim reported the conduct to the flight crew and law enforcement began its investigation. Bostick had left the airport and his location was unknown. The federal grand jury returned an indictment in the case on September 27,2023. Bostick was located and arrested by the FBI on February 9, 2024.

Under the terms of the plea agreement, both prosecution and defense will recommend a nine-month prison term. The recommendation is not binding on the court and Judge Whitehead can impose any sentence allowed by law.

This case was investigated by the FBI with the assistance of the Port of Seattle Police.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Sean H. Waite and Kristine Foerster.