Man Charged with Sexually Assaulting Sleeping Spirit Airlines Passenger

Man Charged with Sexually Assaulting Sleeping Spirit Airlines Passenger

Man Charged with Sexually Assaulting Sleeping Spirit Airlines Passenger

A man from India is blamed for sexually assaulting a 22-year-old woman Wednesday while she was sleeping against a window on a flight from Las Vegas to Detroit, as indicated by government court filings.

The victim told FBI agents on Wednesday that she awoke in her window seat that morning to discover a fellow passenger, identified as 34-year-old Prabhu Ramamoorthy, shoving his fingers inside her trousers 'and vigorously moving them, ' according to a federal criminal complaint.

The woman claimed she fell asleep on the plane and awoke "to a hand in her trousers and noticed that her trousers and shirt were unbuttoned", according to the criminal complaint. According to the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, a union for flight attendants, one out of five flight attendants surveyed from a group of 2,000 past year said they had received a report of a passenger being sexually assaulted.

Officials also said that he admitted to unzipping the woman's trousers and that he claimed that while he tried to put his finger in her genitals, he was unsuccessful.

When the flight landed at Detroit Metro Airport, Ramamoorthy was taken into custody by Wayne County Airport Authority.

He initially told authorities that he was also asleep, and that the woman had fallen asleep on his knee and he wasn't sure where he had kept his hand. Jill Leslie Price of the Federal Defender Office, who showed up with Ramamoorthy, said he was eager to have his nation of origin told of the charge.

He likewise demonstrated that he unfastened her jeans part-way, and put his finger into her jeans.

Prabhu apparently stopped touching her when she awoke and opened her eyes around 5.30 am, which was 40 minutes before the plane was to land in Detroit.

Prabhu also apparently gave conflicting testimonies about what happened with the victim. Magistrate Judge R. Steven Whalen ordered Ramamoorthy to be held pending trial.

His wife told officials a similar version and said that they had called the flight attendants to try to change seats.

Ramamoorthy's lawyer, Richard O'Neill, offered to turn over his client's passport.

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