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No new trial for air traveler convicted of groping

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CHICAGO (Associated Press) -

A federal judge has denied a new trial for a suburban Chicago business traveler convicted of groping a female passenger during an airline flight while she slept next to him.

Jurors convicted Srinivasa Erramilli last year of felony abusive sexual contact.

The Aurora-based software consultant was in a seat between a couple returning to Chicago from Las Vegas where they'd celebrated their anniversary.

The woman testified she awoke when Erramilli touched her a third and final time. She began hitting him and calling him "a pervert."

Judge Joan Humphrey Lefkow posted her ruling denying the defense request for a new trial Friday. She rejects the suggestion Erramilli may have inadvertently brushed the woman's leg.

Sentencing is set for April 26. Erramilli faces a maximum 2-year prison term.

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