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October 23 Florida man faces groping charge after

ALBUKERK. A Florida man is accused of groping a female passenger on a Sunday flight from Houston to Albuquerque, and then told authorities that the President of the United States says you can grab women by their private parts.

Bruce Michael Alexander, 49, of Tampa, appeared in federal court for the first time Monday in Albuquerque on charges of violent sexual intercourse. It was not immediately clear whether he had a lawyer.

According to a felony complaint, the woman told authorities that the man behind her touched her twice and that she told him to stop and asked him to change seats.

Alexander recalled in a written statement only that the woman in front of him spoke to him and then changed places.

Alexander remains in custody pending a preliminary hearing and a detention hearing scheduled for Tuesday.

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