Man Allegedly Sexually Assaulted Woman On Flight While She Slept

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A man faces a detention hearing Thursday in U.S. District Court in Detroit after being charged with sexually assaulting a sleeping woman aboard a Spirit Airlines flight from Las Vegas to Detroit on Wednesday, Robert Snell of The Detroit News reports.

Upon landing, suspect Prabhu Ramamoorthy, a 34-year-old Indian citizen, was taken into custody.

Detroit Free Press reported the woman passenger complained that she woke up to find her shirt and trousers unbuttoned with a hand in her trousers.

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

The teenager - an unaccompanied minor on braces because of foot damage - had told the Federal Bureau of Investigation that a 45-year-old pilot grasped her butt, touched her internal thigh and halfway inclined toward her as she was dozing in her seat by the window, the Free Press detailed at the time.

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Two flight attendants told federal investigators that the victim was crying and that her shirt was untied and that her trousers were unbuttoned when she had reported the alleged attack at about 5:30 a.m., 40 minutes before the plane's landing, Jawad said.

Ramamoorthy was arrested at Detroit's Metro Airport.

Magistrate Judge Steven Whalen said, "It seems that she's either colluding with the defendant to cover up his actions or she's completely oblivious to what he did", Jawad argued. The female traveler then noticed that both her shirt and trousers had been undone.

In a written statement, Ramamoorthy said that he himself was in a "deep sleep" and wasn't sure where his hand landed on the woman, but he amended that statement when speaking with the agent. The attendants kept Celia at the back of the plane and were offering her another seat when Prabhu's wife came there to see what was happening, federal prosecutor Amanda Jawad said. Ramamoorthy was arrested after the plane landed, according to court documents.

Ramamoorthy provided "conflicting reports", about the incident. "There have been no allegations from anywhere that his behaviour has ever been inappropriate prior to this incident", O'Neill said.

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