An Aurora man was sentenced to nine months in federal prison for sexually groping a Chicago area woman during a flight, the U.S. Attorney's office said. It was the third time he had been convicted of touching women during flights.Srinivasa S. Erramilli, 46, was seated next to the woman during a flight from Las Vegas to Chicago in June 2011 when he groped the woman's inner thigh. Erramilli was convicted of abusive sexual contact.
The woman, who is now 65, had been celebrating her 34th wedding anniversary and was on her way back to Chicago with her husband when the incident occurred. The victim testified at trial that she awoke to Erramilli groping her, yelled at him and struck him.
Erramilli previously had been convicted in a 1999 incident in which he fondled a woman's breast on a flight from Detroit to Chicago, and was convicted in 2002 of groping another woman on a flight from San Jose to Detroit.
The software consultant also was fined $5,00 and placed on court supervision by federal Judge Joan Lefkow.
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