Evan Castle could get two years in prison for grabbing flight attendant's butt

Grabbing a woman's butt in a bar could earn the asshole in question a well-deserved slap or a drink tossed in his face. But doing the same thing on an airplane might result in two years behind bars.

That's the lesson being learned right now by Thornton's Evan Castle, who's been charged by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Colorado with abusive sexual contact for groping a flight attendant during what he said was his first time ever on an airplane. Get details from the vivid affidavit in the case below.

The morning of April 5, according to the document, Castle was ensconced in a fourteenth row seat of Spirit Airlines flight 562 from Las Vegas to Denver, and en route, he had four alcoholic drinks -- Tanqueray shooters, he later said.

Apparently, the beverages left him well lubricated, because at one point during the flight, the affidavit says he started using profane language, escalating to screams of "Fuck this, fuck that."

A flight attendant, age thirty, soon headed his way and told him to put the obscenities on mute. In response, he's said to have shouted, "I can say whatever I want" -- and then went on to prove it by making a pass at the woman.

"You should give me your number," he's quoted as saying, adding, "I should date you."

Shockingly, this pitch didn't work, so he turned his affections toward another flight attendant, this one 21 years old. "You're beautiful," he told her.

"Thank you," she replied, then walked away.

Castle wasn't dissuaded. Some time later, he allegedly told the second flight attendant, "You're fucking beautiful.... You're fucking sexy.... I can show you a better time than work.... Blow off work and come with me."

The flight attendant ignored these comments, but when she strolled by Castle's seat again, he seized the right cheek of her buttock and said, "Oh sexy."

"Oh nausea" is more like it.

Continue for more about the Spirit Airlines incident, including the complete affidavit.

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