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Woman sexually assaulted during Spirit flight from Las Vegas to Detroit

Woman sexually assaulted during Spirit flight from Las Vegas to Detroit

On Wednesday, FBI agents learned that a 22-year-old woman reported being sexually assaulted on a Spirit Airlines flight from Las Vegas to Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

The 22-year-old was in the window seat, while the man, Prabhu Ramamoorthy, an Indian national living in the USA on a temporary visa, was in the middle seat with his wife in the aisle seat.

The victim said she fell asleep and woke up to discover a hand in her trousers and noticed that her trousers were unbuttoned and her shirt untied.

The woman instantly detailed the claims to flight orderlies, who said she "showed up obviously irritated and was crying", as per the dissension.

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

Ramamoorthy was arrested after the plane landed, according to court documents.

Prabhu Ramamoorthy showed up Wednesday in U.S. Region Court in Detroit after the Spirit Airlines flight touched base at Metro Airport. The female traveler then noticed that both her shirt and trousers had been undone.

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Ramamoorthy and his wife are living on a temporary visa, thereby disqualifying the latter as suitable custodian, according to federal prosecutor, Amanda Jawad.

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.

When asked for a statement, he said that he had taken a pill and fallen into a deep sleep, Jawad said. He claimed that he had done nothing to his co-passenger, but that his wife had told him that Celia was sleeping on his knees.

Ramamoorthy's wife told officials, 'they had called the flight attendants to try to change seats.

Prabhu also apparently gave conflicting testimonies about what happened with the victim. The magistrate found the case "very unusual" and ordered Ramamoorthy to be held after Jawad argued the assaulter posed a potential danger to people around him. His lawyer, Richard O'Neill offered to turn in Ramamoorthy's passport and said, "There's been no allegations from anywhere that his behaviour has ever been inappropriate prior to this incident".

A representative for Spirit Airlines has stated that the company is cooperating with authorities.


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