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Woman Sexually Assaulted on Flight, Authorities Say

Woman Sexually Assaulted on Flight, Authorities Say
A Spirit Airlines plane lands at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on May 9, 2017, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 05 January 2018 01:09 PM

A woman claimed she was sexually assaulted by the man seated next to her while she was asleep on an overnight flight and the man's wife was sitting next to him on the other side, The Washington Post reported.

Federal authorities in Michigan have since arrested 34-year-old Prabhu Ramamoorthy, who appeared in federal court on Thursday on charges of aggravated sexual abuse and held without bail.

Ramamoorthy, who prosecutors said is an Indian national living in the U.S. on a temporary visa, is accused of assaulting the 22-year-old woman who was seated in a window seat next to him during a Spirit Airlines flight that was traveling from Las Vegas to Detroit earlier this week, The Washington Post said.

According to the federal complaint, the woman fell asleep and allegedly awoke to find her pants and shirt unbuttoned and Ramamoorthy touching her, USA Today reported. When she fully awoke he allegedly stopped.

The woman immediately reported the incident to flight attendants, who told federal investigators that her shirt was untied and her pants were unbuttoned and she was crying, the Post noted.

Federal prosecutor Amanda Jawad said that the flight attendants kept the woman at the back of the plane for the duration of the flight and at one point Ramamoorthy's wife got up to ask what was happening.

Forty minutes after the complaint was lodged, the plane landed and Ramamoorthy was arrested, according to reports.

He later provided a written statement in which he claimed innocence, noting that he had fallen into a deep sleep and only learned upon waking that the 22-year-old woman was sleeping on his knees. His wife told officials a similar story.

Magistrate Judge R. Steven Whalen ordered that Ramamoorthy be jailed ahead of a detention hearing, USA Today noted.

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