WASHINGTON: A Pakistani man and American Airlines have been sued by the parents of a girl who was inappropriately touched by the man on a flight from New York to Iowa, American media reported today.

According to the ‘Voice Times’ report, a girl was travelling alone on an American Airlines flight when a man identified as a Pakistani citizen inappropriately touched her.

The man, identified as Muhammad Asif Chaudhry, was arrested after the July flight on charges, including engaging in sexual contact with a victim between the ages of 12 and 16.

Chaudhry has denied the accusations and has been released on bond.

The lawsuit alleges that Chaudhry moved to an empty seat beside the girl, who reported being woken up by the inappropriate touching. The girl alerted a flight attendant when Chaudhry left to use the restroom.

According to the report, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) met Chaudhry when the flight landed.

Further, American Airlines says it’s cooperating with law enforcement and cares deeply about its young passengers.