Woman Was Assaulted On Vegas Flight

A man faces a detention hearing Thursday in U.S. District Court in Detroit after being charged with sexually assaulting a sleeping woman aboard a Spirit Airlines flight from Las Vegas to Detroit on Wednesday, Robert Snell of The Detroit News reports.

According to reports, the accused man, Prabhu Ramamoorthy, was an Indian national living in the United States on a temporary visa.

She said Ramamoorthy was seated between his wife and the victim and continued assaulting her until she woke up and went to report the incident to flight attendants.

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

After he was taken into custody, Ramamoorthy admitted to an FBI agent that he "might have" unhooked the woman's bra and "cupped her (clothed) breast", but said he only put a finger in her trousers and did not insert it into her vagina despite trying to, the federal complaint stated. Ramamoorthy was arrested as soon as the flight landed.

Prabhu Ramamoorthy showed up Wednesday in U.S. Region Court in Detroit after the Spirit Airlines flight touched base at Metro Airport.

The woman said her seatmate stopped touching her when she opened her eyes.

According to court documents, two flight attendants confirmed that Celia had come to them in tears with her shirt and trousers undone. 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.

After the man was taken by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents, he stated that he "might have undone [the woman's] bra while playing with it, and that he had cupped her [clothed] breast", the complaint added.

When asked for a statement, he said that he had taken a pill and fallen into a deep sleep, Jawad said.

Ramamoorthy's wife told officials, 'they had called the flight attendants to try to change seats.

He ordered Ramamoorthy to be held pending trial following the prosecutor's argument that Ramamoorthy was a flight risk and a potential danger to others around him. However, the flight attendants denied the same.

Ramamoorthy has been working as a project manager at a technology group for about two and a half years.

"There's been no allegations from anywhere that his behavior has ever been inappropriate prior to this incident", O'Neill said.

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

  • Rogelio Becker