Man Charged with Sexually Assaulting Sleeping Spirit Airlines Passenger


In yet another shocking incident, an Indian-origin man has been arrested for allegedly molesting a 22-year-old girl who was sleeping beside him on board a Spirit Airlines flight from Las Vegas to Detroit early on Jan 3.

Mr Ramamoorthy, an Indian citizen living in the USA on a temporary visa, was sitting in the middle seat, with his wife on the aisle side and the alleged victim in the window seat. When she woke up, she said she saw the man with "a hand in her trousers and noticed that her trousers and shirt were unbuttoned".

When she woke up, the man stopped, and the woman alerted a flight attendant. The victim told the investigating officials that she woke up to find Ramamoorthy's hand inside her trousers and he reportedly stopped after the victim woke up, reported Times Now.

The complaint does not reveal where Ramamoorthy or the woman are from.

Ramamoorthy was arrested at Detroit's Metro Airport.

He initially told authorities that he was also asleep, and that the woman had fallen asleep on his knee and he wasn't sure where he had kept his hand.

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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. While the onboard crew was talking to the woman, Ramamoorthy's wife came to the back to see what was going on, Jawad said.

Ramamoorthy provided "conflicting reports", about the incident.

His wife told officials a similar version and said that they had called the flight attendants to try to change seats.

The court filing stated that Ramamoorthy also admitted that he "unzipped the woman's trousers part-way and put his finger inside". 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.

"I have a hard time with some of these allegations but that's what a trial is for", 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.