Indian held guilty of molesting US woman

For a third time, an Indian software consultant has been convicted by a US court of groping a woman while they were seated next to each other aboard an airplane.

Srinivasa S Erramilli, 45, remains free on bond pending sentencing, which has been set for April 26, 2013, by US District Judge Joan H Lefkow at a Chicago court.

Erramilli, on a work visa in the US, faces a maximum sentence of two years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Incidentally he was convicted twice previously for similar crimes.

Evidence at the trial showed that Erramilli was the last passenger to board a Southwest Airlines flight to Chicago's Midway Airport on June 14, 2011, and was seated in the only open seat available between the victim and her husband.

The couple had travelled to Las Vegas for their 34th wedding anniversary, the Department of Justice said in a statement.

The victim testified that Erramilli groped her three times aboard the plane.

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