SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A Sacramento State professor has been arrested after a teen cheerleader accused him of masturbating on an airplane flight.
The Lewiston Police Department in Idaho arrested 50-year-old Dr. Raphael Escamilla after the Salt Lake City to Lewiston flight landed the day after Christmas after a 17-year-old cheerleader lodged a complaint.
The girl told police she was sitting right next to Escamilla when she “looked over, I could clearly see the man’s penis going side to side under the tray table that was down,” according to the police report.
The teen changed seats and told her father about the incident when the plane landed. Her father called police, and when Lewiston officers questioned Escamilla about the allegation, he claimed he was trying to scratch an “incredible itch” caused by spilled Tabasco sauce on his groin.
“I asked him how long he was ‘itching himself’ and he said that it was a good while,” Officer Chris Reese wrote in his police report.
Escamilla’s story changed slightly upon further questioning and he said he didn’t bother going to the bathroom because he didn’t believe it would help, authorities said.
“He used the words ‘rub’ and ‘massage’ several times, describing how he was reliving the itch he had,” Officer Reese wrote. “I also noted that while I was speaking to him, he never showed any obvious signs that he had an itch in this particular part of his body.”
Escamilla was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of indecent exposure.
Sacramento State officials didn’t not respond to a request for comment.