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Minnesota man found guilty of sexually abusing teen seated next to him on flight

A federal jury convicted the 40-year-old this week.

A Minneapolis man accused of sexually abusing a teenager seated next to him on a flight has been found guilty.

Neeraj Chopra was convicted by a federal jury Thursday on one count of abusive sexual contact, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office District of Minnesota.

Charges against the 40-year-old from Minneapolis alleged that, during a flight from Boston to Minneapolis in April of 2019, he sexually abused a 16-year-old in an adjacent seat.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said Chopra took a blanket for his backpack, and used it cover his lap and a portion of the victim's right leg. He then put his hand under the blanket and inappropriately touched the victim, continuing to do so even after the victim told him repeatedly to stop.

He will be sentenced at a to-be-determined date, and faces up to two years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

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