Man Allegedly Sexually Assaulted Woman On Flight While She Slept

The incident took place on board a Spirit Airlines flight on Wednesday morning

The 22-year-old was in the window seat, while the man, Prabhu Ramamoorthy, an Indian national living in the U.S. on a temporary visa, was in the middle seat with his wife in the aisle seat. "She woke up to a hand in her trousers and noticed that her trousers and shirt were unbuttoned", reported Agent Kyle Dodge. Additionally, he told authorities that he attempted to put his finger in her vagina "but was not successful", according to the complaint obtained by the paper.

However, when Ramamoorthy was questioned by another agent he claimed that he "might have" un-done the woman's bra to play with it and that he touched her inappropriately, according to the complaint.

Prabhu apparently stopped touching her when she awoke and opened her eyes around 5.30 am, which was 40 minutes before the plane was to land in Detroit.

When Celia* fell asleep onboard the Spirit Airlines flight from Las Vegas to Detroit on January 3, she could not have imagined the horror she would wake up to. Wayne County Airport Authority took Ramamoorthy into custody when the flight landed at Detroit Metro Airport.

Earlier, Ramamoorthy denied all the allegations and claimed he was in "deep sleep" at the time of the incident.

The report also says that Prabhu admitted to unzipping Celia's trousers and putting his fingers inside. He also alleged that the woman had fallen asleep on his knee, and he was unaware of where he had placed his hands.

Ramamoorthy has a detention hearing scheduled at 1 p.m. Thursday.

Ramamoorthy later told an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent he "might have" undone the woman's bra and cupped her breast, according to court records.

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.

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

The woman said she was sitting in a window seat next to Ramamoorthy, whose wife was in the aisle seat.

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