Man accused of sexually assaulting sleeping woman on Spirit Airlines flight

Man accused of sexually assaulting sleeping woman on Spirit Airlines flight

She reported that the man was shoving his "fingers in her (genitals) and vigorously moving them".

The woman was in a window seat, Ramamoorthy in the middle and his wife in an aisle seat, reports say.

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. He stopped after the victim woke up, and the woman went to the back of the plane to report the incident to a flight attendant, the criminal complaint said.

Prabhu Ramamoorthy an Indian national has been living in the US on the temporary visa and he was caught abusing a 22-year-old girl sitting next to him.

He later told another agent, though, that he "might have" undone the woman's bra while playing with it, and that he had also cupped her breast over her clothes.

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. "He stated that he tried to put his finger in her vagina but was not successful", according to the complaint.

Magistrate Judge R. Steven Whalen ordered Ramamoorthy jailed ahead of a detention hearing. Jill Leslie Price of the Federal Defender Office, who appeared with Ramamoorthy, said he was willing to have his home country notified of the charge.

Ramamoorthy, who is from India, appeared Wednesday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Detroit for an arraignment hearing, WDIV reports.

"It seems that (Ramamoorthy's wife's) either colluding with the defendant to cover up his actions or she's completely oblivious to what he did", Federal prosecutor Amanda Jawad said, according to the Post. A spokesman with Spirit Airlines said in an email that it is cooperating with law enforcement.

The shaken and crying passenger immediately alerted flight attendants about the alleged assault, according to the complaint cited by CBS Detroit.



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