Man Charged With Sexually Assaulting Sleeping Woman On Flight To Detroit

Lucy Bush
January 5, 2018

- Authorities have accused a man of sexually assaulting a 22-year-old woman on an airplane after she fell asleep.

The 22-year-old was in the window seat, while Prabhu Ramamoorthy, an Indian national living in the USA on a temporary visa, was in the middle seat with his wife in the aisle seat.

Detroit Free Press reported the woman passenger complained that she woke up to find her shirt and trousers unbuttoned with a hand in her trousers. 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.

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In a statement, Campos said a man sitting in the middle seat between her and another woman grabbed her upper, inner thigh three times.

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.

U.S. Executive Magistrate Judge R. Steven Whalen said the allegations were "odd", and counterintuitive, considering Ramamoorthy's wife was in the next seat during the incident.

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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". But the prosecutor said that "flight attendants did not report that anyone asked them to change seats other than the victim". Flight attendants say that never happened. The prosecutor said that Ramamoorthy's wife, who was also living in the United States on a temporary visa, would not make a suitable custodian for him.

Ramamoorthy has worked as a project manager in Metro Detroit for more than two years, defense lawyer Richard O'Neill said. The woman alleged that Ramamoorthy's fingers were in her genitals and that he was "vigorously moving them".

Stephen Schuler, a spokesman for Spirit, said that it was cooperating with law enforcement on the incident.

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