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Spirit Airlines passenger awoke to find stranger's hands down her trousers

Man Charged With Sexually Assaulting Sleeping Woman On Flight To Detroit

A 34-year-old Indian man on board a USA flight was arrested by federal authorities in MI after a woman accused him of sexually assaulting her while she was asleep.

A USA man has been charged with aggravated sexual abuse after a women reported him attempting to "digitally penetrate" her while she slept on-board a flight.

The woman said she was in a window seat next to Ramamoorthy when she fell asleep, only to wake up and discover his hand in her trousers. Upon waking up, the woman alerted a flight attendant.

- Authorities have accused a man of sexually assaulting a 22-year-old woman on an airplane after she fell asleep. She says her trousers and shirt were unbuttoned. Ramamoorthy was arrested by the Wayne County Airport Authority. The man, Prabhu Ramamoorthy, was seated between the victim and his wife onboard a Spirit flight from Las Vegas that landed in Detroit on January 3. The female traveler then noticed that both her shirt and trousers had been undone. Ramamoorthy was arrested after the plane landed, according to court documents. 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.

In a written statement, Ramamoorthy claimed that he had taken a pill and fallen asleep. In the statement, he also added that he hadn't done anything apart from learning from his wife that the 22-year-old woman was sleeping on his knees.

The victim was crying and appeared befuddled with her clothes undone, when she reported the incident about 40 minutes before the plane was due to land, two flight attendants stated.

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.

Prabhu's lawyer Richard O'Neill offered to submit his client's passport, and said that there had been no prior allegations of such nature against Prabhu and that he had a clean record.

Stephen Schuler, a spokesman for Spirit Airlines, said Thursday the company is fully cooperating with law enforcement and referred all questions to them.