Indian man with wife beside, gropes U.S. woman, arrested

Trevor Jackson
January 5, 2018

A 22-year-old woman woke up to find a man sexually assaulting her while she slept aboard a Spirit Airlines flight to Detroit.

Prabhu Ramamoorthy is charged with aggravated sexual abuse, a five-year felony.

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.

According to the complaint cited by CBS Detroit, the shaken passenger immediately informed the flight attendant about the alleged assault.

Two flight attendants told investigators that the victim was crying and that her shirt was untied and trousers were unbuttoned when she reported the incident, 40 minutes before the plane's landing, Jawad said.

The woman was sitting in a window seat, with Ramamoorthy next to her.

Ramamoorthy, before talking with the specialist, gave a composed explanation that he was in "profound rest", that the woman nodded off on his knees and that he is "not certain where (he) kept the hand on her".

Ramamoorthy was then detained by the Wayne County Airport Authority.

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

Mr Ramamoorthy denied the accusations, telling police he was himself asleep after taking a pill.

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.

The court filing stated that Ramamoorthy also admitted that he "unzipped the woman's trousers part-way and put his finger inside". Ramamoorthy's wife had at this point walked up to the back of the plane to inquire into the incident, the attendants added.

Magistrate Judge Steven Whalen, who said it was a "very unusual case", ordered Ramamoorthy to be held pending trial after Jawad successfully argued that he was a flight risk and a potential danger to others around him.

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

A representative for Spirit Airlines has stated that the company is cooperating with authorities.

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