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Flashes in the sky: Lawyer pleads guilty to lewd acts on LA flight

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A man who exposed himself aboard a Continental Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Houston has pleaded guilty to two counts of making lewd, indecent or obscene acts.

According to a detailed statement from the Justice Department, Leonard Julius Sawyerr, 33, was in the middle seat of a flight last February when he lifted his tray table to expose himself to the woman seated by the window. He asked if she wanted to climb over him as she attempted to relocate.

Sawyerr, who now lives in Houston but holds a law license in California, later opened his jacket while exiting the bathroom to expose himself to a flight attendant, saying, "can't a guy have his fly undone?," when told his behavior was inappropriate.

His plea was entered Thursday in Texas before a U.S. Magistrate judge. He will be sentenced Aug. 30 and faces up to 90 days in prison, and $10,000 in fines.