UPDATE: Man Pleads Guilty to Groping Sleeping Passenger on Plane
UPDATE 8/15/11: Ramesh Advani, who admitted to groping a fellow passenger on a Continental flight last year, will spend a year in jail, reports the Associated Press.
Advani, 64, Berkeley Heights, N.J., was sentenced Monday in a U.S. District Court in Newark, N.J.
He will also have to pay a $10,000 fine and serve five years of supervised release after he leaves jail
Advani was on a flight from Newark to Hong Kong in May 2010 when he admittedly reached under the blanket of a woman seated next to him and assaulted her. He pleaded guilty to a charge of abusive sexual conduct in April.
Previously, 4/13/11: A New Jersey man admitted in federal court yesterday that he had groped a sleeping woman on an overnight flight from Hong Kong to Newark last May.
Ramesh Advani, 64, admitted he reached his hand under the woman's blanket and fondled her during the 15-hour Continental flight, authorities say.
The woman slept until two passengers in the row behind her noticed and kicked the woman's seat until she woke up, authorities say. Startled, the woman rushed over to flight attendants to tell them what had happened.
Advani was detained when the plane landed. He pleaded guilty today to a count of sexual abusive contact and now faces up to three years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced in August.