United States authorities have arrested an Indian man after a woman accused him of sexually assaulting her as she slept in the seat next to him on a United States flight.
Ramamoorthy, who works for a Troy-based information technology company, is charged with aggravated sexual abuse, a five-year felony.
When she woke up, the woman said her clothing had been unbuttoned, both top and bottom, and she was being molested by a stranger who had his hand down her trousers. Ramamoorthy was reportedly taken into custody at the Wayne County Airport Authority and, according to court documents, later stated to an agent that he "might have" undone the victim's bra and cupped her breast over her clothes.
They said she was crying when she came to them and that the buttons on her shirt and pants were undone.
Authorities say the sexual assault happened on a Spirit flight that was coming from Las Vegas to Detroit, and landed Wednesday morning.
The miscreant was seated in the middle seat next to his wife, with 22-year-old victim seated in the window seat.
Ramamoorthy was arrested as soon as the flight landed. Ramamoorthy was arrested upon landing at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
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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.
According to a written statement by Prabhu, he had taken a pill ("plain Tylenol") and fallen into deep sleep. She said a flight attendant then moved her to a seat behind the man harassing her. Ramamoorthy's wife had at this point walked up to the back of the plane to inquire into the incident, the attendants added.
He likewise demonstrated that he unfastened her jeans part-way, and put his finger into her jeans.
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.
"There's been no allegations from anywhere that his behavior has ever been inappropriate prior to this incident", O'Neill said.
Stephen Schuler, a spokesman for Spirit, said it was cooperating with law enforcement on the incident.