Indian national accused of sex assault on USA flight

Katrina Barker
January 5, 2018

A 34-year-old Indian-origin man was arrested by federal authorities in MI after a woman co-passenger complained of being sexually assaulted by him after falling asleep on the flight.

A 34-year-old Indian national was arrested and charged for sexually abusing a woman onboard a flight in MI on Thursday, reported The Washington Post.

The victim told investigators that she woke up to discover the fellow passenger shoving his fingers inside her trousers and "vigorously moving them", according to a federal criminal complaint.

The 22-year-old victim complained about the sexual assault as soon as she woke up to a flight attendant, the criminal complaint said.

The woman was offered a different seat and Prabhu Ramamoorthy was arrested after the plane landed.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.

When she woke up, the man stopped, and the woman alerted a flight attendant.

She revealed that the man was pushing his "fingers in her (privates) and enthusiastically moving them".

According to court documents, two flight attendants confirmed that Celia had come to them in tears with her shirt and trousers undone. Meanwhile, Ramamoorthy is now charged with aggravated sexual abuse and held without bail after an appearance in federal court in MI on Thursday. He rubbished the victim's claims, saying he had learnt from his wife that the woman was 'sleeping on his knees'.

Prabhu also apparently gave conflicting testimonies about what happened with the victim.

Prabhu's wife, meanwhile, told a similar sequence of events and said that they had called the flight attendants to change their seats as well.

Prabhu Ramamoorthy, 34, was sitting between his own wife and the alleged victim, officials say.

Mr Ramamoorthy was held without bail after appearing in a federal court in MI on Thursday after prosecutors argued there was a risk he could abscond.

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.

The accused initially stated that he had been in "deep sleep" during the flight and was unaware where he placed his hands.

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

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