Sleeping Woman Wakes up to Man Sexually Assaulting Her on Spirit Flight

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

"It's something I would prefer not to send with him, since it may imperil him in the correctional facility", she said. 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.

The woman was sitting in a window seat, with Ramamoorthy next to her.

According to court documents, two flight attendants confirmed that Celia had come to them in tears with her shirt and trousers undone.

A passenger is accused of sexually assaulting a 22-year-old woman on a Spirit Airlines flight.


The woman said she was in a window seat next to Ramamoorthy when she fell asleep, only to wake up and discover his hand in her trousers.

The victim was crying and appeared befuddled with her clothes undone, when she reported the incident about 40 minutes before the plane was due to land, two flight attendants stated. 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. Prabhu even traveled with his wife and she was beside him when the incident took place.

But flight attendants told investigators that only the alleged victim had asked for her seat to be changed. "There have been no allegations from anywhere that his behaviour has ever been inappropriate prior to this incident", O'Neill said.

Stephen Schuler, a spokesman for Spirit Airlines, said Thursday the company is fully cooperating with law enforcement and referred all questions to them.

She said the suspect was putting his "fingers in her (genitals) and vigorously moving them".

According to a report by the Seattle Times, sexual harassment and abuse on airplanes is a largely unreported but prevalent issue for passengers.

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