There’s a man from India who is due in federal court on charges that he sexually assaulted a sleeping woman on a Spirit Airlines flight to Detroit.
The dramatic incident involved the 22-year-old alleged victim who claims she was asleep in her seat mid-flight from Las Vegas to Detroit Metro Airport, Wednesday morning, with a stranger seated beside her.
Authorities have managed to identify the man as Prabhu Ramamoorthy. The woman claims that when she woke up, her clothing had been unbuttoned, both top and bottom, as the accused had his hand down her pants while molesting her.
The criminal complaint indicates that Rammamoorthy stopped when the victim woke up. She was visibly shaken and in tears after which she immediately notified flight attendants of the abuse. The accused was arrested by Wayne County Airport Authority officers when the flight landed, initially telling investigators that he was in a deep sleep and was not sure where he had put his hands on her body.
He later changed his story, telling an FBI agent that he might have undone the woman’s bra “while playing with it,” had cupped her breasts. The complaint states: “He also indicated that he unzipped her pants part-way and did put his finger in her pants.”
The accused made a brief appearance in U.S. District Court in Detroit on Wednesday on a charge of aggravated sexual abuse. The attorney assigned to the case, Amand Jawad, noted that Rammamoorthy is not a U.S. citizen.
“He is a citizen of India, and because of that, he can request that the government notify his country so India’s counselor offices here in the United States, and those offices may be able to help him obtain legal representation or be in his contact with this family (so they may) visit him in detention,” Jawad said.
The attorney asked the judge to give Rammamoorthy a few minutes to read the criminal complaint in the courtroom. “It’s something I don’t want to send with him because it might endanger him in the jail,” she added. The detention hearing is scheduled for Thursday.