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Man accused of sexually assaulting sleeping woman on Spirit Airlines flight

Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting Sleeping Woman on Spirit Airlines Flight to Detroit Wayne County Sheriff's Office
Andrew Cummings | 05 January, 2018, 13:24

The incident took place on Spirit Airlines flight from Las Vegas to Detroit on January 3, when Prabhu Ramamoorthy started abusing a 22-year-old sitting in a window seat next to him, reported The Washington Post.

The man, Prabhu Ramamoorthy, who prosecutors said was an Indian national living in the United States on a temporary visa, was charged with aggravated sexual abuse and held without bail after an appearance in federal court in MI on Thursday.

The victim, in her statement to the investigators, claimed that she woke up to find her trousers and shirt unbuttoned and the man's hand inside her trousers.

Federal prosecutors allege the man accused of sexually abusing a sleeping woman aboard a Detroit-bound flight attacked her while his wife sat in the next seat.

Mr Ramamoorthy, an Indian citizen living in the United States on a temporary visa, was sitting in the middle seat, with his wife on the aisle side and the alleged victim in the window seat.

The victim claimed that 'she woke up to find her trousers and shirt unbuttoned and the man's hand inside her trousers, ' while his wife sat next to him.

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Federal prosecutor Amanda argued that Prabhu was "even more of a danger to the community" because he was "brazen enough" to commit the sexual assault in public "next to his wife where anyone could have seen him".

Ramamoorthy has been charged with aggravated sexual abuse and held without bail after an appearance in federal court in MI on Thursday. They also noticed her trousers were unbuttoned.

She revealed that the man was pushing his "fingers in her (privates) and enthusiastically moving them".

According to the prosecutor, Ramamoorthy said in a written statement that he had taken a pill and fallen into deep sleep. He rubbished the victim's claims, saying he had learnt from his wife that the woman was 'sleeping on his knees'.

The wife drew the same story similar story and she added that she approached the flight attendants attempting to change their seats. Magistrate Judge R. Steven Whalen ordered Ramamoorthy to be held pending trial. But the "flight attendants did not report that anyone asked them to change seats other than the victim", Jawad said.

Mr Ramamoorthy was held without bail after appearing in a federal court in MI on Thursday after prosecutors argued there was a risk he could abscond. He also allegedly said that he tried to put his finger in her vagina, according to the federal complaint. A spokesman with Spirit Airlines said in an email that it is coordinating with law implementation.

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