PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A 26-year-old Gresham man was arrested at Portland International Airport for allegedly touching a girl on a plane Wednesday night.
Chad Cameron Camp was on an American Airlines flight traveling from Dallas/Ft. Worth to PDX when he groped the unaccompanied 13-year-old, the FBI said.
Camp reportedly sat in a middle seat next to the girl, despite empty seats surrounding them, court documents show. The girl told investigators the suspect asked her questions about where she lived and where she was traveling from.
“That’s a red flag,” the victim’s attorney, Brent Goodfellow, said. “Anybody who’s been on an airplane ever is going to move out of the middle seat the second they can.”
She says she tried leaning against the window to avoid physical contact with the man. He reportedly nudged her with his elbow, placed his hand on her knee and slid it up towards her upper thigh, according to court documents.
The girl recalled feeling “frightened and trapped” while talking to investigators.
A flight attendant reportedly noticed Camp’s hand in the victim’s crotch area. She asked him to change seats, which he eventually did. The girl didn’t use the bathroom for the remainder of the flight because she was worried about bumping into Camp.
“She is already saying she doesn’t want to be on an airplane ever again,” Goodfellow said. “I sat with the family for about 3 hours… she didn’t want to be touched by her mom, every time she went to give her kind of a loving touch she would jump.”
After landing in Portland, a witness told investigators they saw Camp consume 4 alcoholic drinks at the airport before leaving Dallas/Ft. Worth, court documents show.
Camp was arrested on one federal count of abusive sexual contact.
Now the victim’s family plans to file a civil suit. Goodfellow says American Airlines needs to be held accountable for what happened to the girl on their flight.
“They didn’t make him move, they let him sit there until she was abused for 30 minutes,” he said. “From what I understand she was the only child on the airplane that evening, so it would have been pretty easy to take a few small steps.”
Camp remains in custody in Multnomah County Jail.