Feds: Man Had Unwanted Sexual Contact With Airline Passenger

CHICAGO (CBS) — A registered sex offender facing federal charges of having sexual contact with a sleeping passenger on an airliner was in the U.S. on an expired visa, according to investigators.

Srinivasa S. Erramilli, 44, of 1972 Dunhill Lane in Aurora, was indicted on Nov. 1 on charges of engaging in sexual contact without the victim’s permission, a federal offense because it happened aboard a plane bound for Chicago from Las Vegas.

He surrendered to federal authorities, and pleaded not guilty on Nov. 4 before U.S. District Judge Sheila Finnegan, who ordered him released on a $4,500 personal recognizance bond.

On June 14, Erramilli allegedly engaged in sexual contact with a sleeping passenger, the federal criminal complaint alleges. It also claims he continued the unwanted sexual contact after the victim woke up.

Before he was released on bond, however, it was discovered that Erramilli, an Indian national, was wanted on an immigration detainer and he was turned over to the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to U.S. Attorney’s office spokesman Randall Samborn. ICE alleges his visa was expired.

Erramilli is scheduled for a status hearing on Dec. 7 in Chicago. If convicted of the sex charges, he faces up to five years in prison, and then would be subject to deportation upon his release, Samborn said.

He is listed on the Illinois Sex Offender Registry for a 2002 criminal sexual abuse conviction.

  • jason

    Awesome,let’s pay for his trial and the following incarceration then kick him out of the country…should cut his balls off and kick him out immediately!

  • Hello My Name Is Peggy

    Should of left his desires in Vegas, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. Please go back to your homeland, I hear more U S jobs are going there, Hello, my name is Peggy, you got problem????.

  • Dan

    This guy is being treated with kit gloves. He’s here illegally, was convicted of something similar in 2002 and only has to pay a $4500 recognizance bond. The victim is being victimized again. What was the judge thinking?

  • Former IL Resident

    His mug shot looks smug….His ability to stay here past his 2002 coviction is sick….

  • Bob Hamilton

    They should have just opened one of the doors once the plane got to a safe altitude…

  • righttrack

    He should have been “flagged” by TSA before he even got on the plane in Las Vegas. Isn’t it their job to check for violations ???

  • Right

    because he’s brown, he was given special treatment.

  • Jim Hamilton

    As if chicago don’t have enough serial sex freaks now their importing more. Don’t wory Obama will grant him amnisty. By the way what ever happend to Obamas ilegal aunt? Oh yeah amnisty.

  • Jim Hamilton

    If this dude was already a registered sex offender why was he still in the US? expired visa or not why wasnt he deported? This is absolutely apprehensible and these are the types of people Obama would like to give AMNESTY. I say the intity that let this man walk after his 2002 conviction should be shook to the ground.

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