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Air Canada sex act case ends with Alicia Lander getting conditional sentence

07/14/2015 09:48 EDT | Updated 07/14/2016 05:59 EDT
​A 26-year-old woman convicted of committing an indecent act on a Halifax-bound Air Canada flight has been sentenced to a six-month conditional sentence and probation for nine months.

Alicia Elizabeth Lander had pleaded not guilty to committing an indecent act, assaulting a police officer, committing an act of mischief and causing a disturbance at Halifax Stanfield International Airport on Jan. 24, 2014.

A presentence report read in Halifax provincial court Tuesday indicated Lander worked in the adult entertainment industry for four years, and at one point smoked seven grams of marijuana a day. The report said she had reduced her drug and alcohol use since having a child.

The report said Lander's mother told officials she was worried about her daughter's safety and that her daughter was on social assistance.

When offered the chance to speak to the court on Tuesday, Lander said, "No, thank you."

Before passing sentence, the judge called her actions "self-indulgent," "selfish," and "the actions of a spoiled 12-year-old used to getting their own way."

The Crown recommended a sentence of six months of house arrest, an 18-month suspended sentence and 10 hours of community service.

As part of her six-month conditional sentence, Lander will have a curfew of 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. and be on probation for nine months.

In May, Lander testified she downed more than a dozen shots just before and on the flight, and didn't remember what had happened. 

A provincial court judge found her guilty on all four charges she was facing.

A flight attendant testified Lander and Jason George Chase, a co-accused, used a coat to cover their laps to fondle each other.

Chase was placed on probation for 18 months and given a conditional discharge after pleading guilty to committing an indecent act in connection with the same incident.

The CBC's Yvonne Colbert live blogged the sentencing.

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