Published: Fri, January 05, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Man Charged with Sexually Assaulting Sleeping Spirit Airlines Passenger

Man Charged with Sexually Assaulting Sleeping Spirit Airlines Passenger

A man from India was charged Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Detroit for aggravated sexual abuse of a sleeping woman on a Spirit Airlines flight en route to Detroit from Las Vegas, according to court filings.

The 22-year-old was in the window seat, while Prabhu Ramamoorthy, an Indian national living in the United States on a temporary visa, was in the middle seat with his wife in the aisle seat.

According to the Detroit Free Press report, the woman has accused Ramamoorthy of putting his hand in her trousers and unbuttoning her shirt while she was sleeping against the window.

The victim immediately reported the attack to flight attendants, who later told federal agents that she was "visibly upset and was crying".

Federal authorities in MI arrested a 34-year-old man after a woman said that he sexually assaulted her on an overnight flight when she fell asleep next to him.

Ramamoorthy also allegedly told officials he unzipped her trousers and again attempted to inappropriately touch her but was unsuccessful. Ramamoorthy was arrested upon landing at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport. "When she fully woke up, the man stopped", according to the newspaper.

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According to court documents, two flight attendants confirmed that Celia had come to them in tears with her shirt and trousers undone.

In a written statement, Ramamoorthy said that he himself was in a "deep sleep" and wasn't sure where his hand landed on the woman, but he amended that statement when speaking with the agent.

Ramamoorthy and his wife are living on a temporary visa, thereby disqualifying the latter as suitable custodian, according to federal prosecutor, Amanda Jawad.

The horrific incident happened while the victim was asleep against the plane window.

He ordered Ramamoorthy to be held pending trial following the prosecutor's argument that Ramamoorthy was a flight risk and a potential danger to others around him. He said Ramamoorthy had worked as a project manager at a technology group for about two and a half years. "There have been no allegations from anywhere that his behavior has ever been inappropriate prior to this incident".

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