August 30, 2014
CHICAGO (AP) - A jury in Chicago has convicted a frequent business traveler of groping a woman while she slept in the plane seat next to him.
Srinivasa Erramilli (SRIN'-ah-vah-sah ehr-ah-MIL'-ee) was found guilty Thursday of abusive sexual contact during a Southwest Airlines flight from Las Vegas-to-Chicago last year.
The victim testified in federal court that Erramilli was sitting in a middle seat between her and her husband. They were returning from Las Vegas where they celebrated their 34th wedding anniversary.
She was awake when Erramilli touched her a third time and she began hitting him while calling him either "a pig" or "pervert." The Aurora software consultant called the contact inadvertent.
He faces a maximum two-year prison term. Until his sentencing on April 26, he can only travel for business by car.
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