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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ An Oregon woman has been indicted on a charge of abusive sexual contact for an alleged incident on an Alaska Airlines flight.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports (http://bit.ly/2b1B3iF ) that the federal indictment filed Tuesday against 26-year-old Heidi Anne McKinney alleges she inappropriately touched a woman in May while they were traveling from Las Vegas to Portland.

The Banks woman had initially been accused in state court of third-degree sexual abuse related to the incident, but the charge was dismissed and referred to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

Port of Portland police say officers had been called to the Portland International Airport on May 8 after the alleged victim reported she had been molested by another female passenger.

McKinney is expected to make her first federal court appearance Wednesday.