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Indian man charged with sexually assaulting a young sleeping woman on flight to Detroit

A man from India is accused of sexually assaulting a woman while she slept on a Spirit Airlines flight from Las Vegas to Detroit

The 22-year-old alleged victim was asleep in her window seat with a stranger next to her, identified as Prabhu Ramamoorthy. When she woke up in the middle of the flight, she found her clothing unbuttoned, both top and bottom. Based on the police report, she said that the man was rubbing his fingers in her genitals and as soon as she completely woke up, the man stopped. Shocked and in tears she urgently notified the flight attendants.

After the flight landed in Detroit, Wayne County Airport Authority officers arrested Ramamoorthy. Initially, he told the investigators that he was asleep and he was not sure where he put his hands. Later, he told FBI agents that he might have touched and played with the woman.

Ramamoorthy is not U.S. citizen. He requested the U.S. government to contact the Indian consulate to help him with legal representation. Ramamoorthy made his initial appearance in US District Court of Detroit on Wednesday. He faces charges of aggravated sexual abuse, a five-year felony. His attorney, Amand Jawad, requested the judge to give his defendant an opportunity to read the criminal complaint in the courtroom and not in jail. Ramamoorthy also asked to notify his home country and family about his situation.

Stephan Schuler, a spokesman for Spirit Airlines, said that the company is in cooperation with law enforcement officials. He asked reporters to direct all their questions to them.

Ramamoorthy is being held in a detention center awaiting a hearing on Thursday.

 

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