Heidi McKinney plead guilty to assault after licking, touching, verbally assaulting woman on flight

Heidi Anne McKinneyA Banks woman pleaded guilty to one count of assault with the intent to commit a felony after sexually molesting a 19-year-old woman on an Alaska Airlines Flight in 2016.

Heidi Anne McKinney, 27, was sentenced in a federal courtroom Monday, July 10.

U.S. District Judge Anna Brown sentenced McKinney to eight months of home detention and three years of probation.

The charges stem from incidents on May 8, 2016, on a flight headed from Las Vegas to Portland. The victim noticed a "rowdy" woman later identified as McKinney, who tried to take a seat in her row. McKinney touched the victim's chest when she sat down next to her, "allowing her hands to linger there uncomfortably," according to a sentencing memorandum.

The memorandum said McKinney appeared to have been drinking and tried to engage the victim in conversation. McKinney continued to repeatedly insult the victim's "perceived economic status and bragging of her own purported wealth" and "harassed and questioned the victim about her age and where she lived."

McKinney took multiple photos of the victim despite her protests and placed her arm around the victim. She pressured the victim to drink alcohol she smuggled onto the plane and threw the bottle on the victim's lap when she refused.

McKinney went on to lick the victim's ear. McKinney also grabbed the victim's hand while trying to force her to touch her breast. She eventually climbed on top of the victim and indicated she wanted to have sex. When the victim pushed McKinney off, McKinney cursed at her and called her "poor."

The victim "remains deeply traumatized," the memorandum states, and "will suffer the effects of Ms. McKinney's actions for the rest of her life."

McKinney cannot drink alcohol as part of her probation.

McKinney has two prior Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants convictions on her record from several years ago. She admitted herself into an inpatient treatment program earlier this year and completed the program last month. She's since attended an outpatient treatment program three times.

By Stephanie Haugen
Reporter, Forest Grove News-Times
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