Prabhu Ramamoorthy Indian accused of harassing Sleeping woman on US Plane

Saul Bowman
January 5, 2018

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the 22-year-old victim was traveling Wednesday morning on a Spirit Airlines flight when she dozed off in her window seat.

The victim told investigators that she woke up to discover the fellow passenger shoving his fingers inside her trousers and "vigorously moving them", according to a federal criminal complaint. She immediately reported the abuse to the flight attendants.

He allegedly told authorities that he partially unzipped her trousers and unsuccessfully attempted to put his fingers down her trousers, WJBK reports. The man, Prabhu Ramamoorthy, was seated between the victim and his wife onboard a Spirit flight from Las Vegas that landed in Detroit on January 3.

The woman said she was sitting in a window seat next to Ramamoorthy, whose wife was in the aisle seat.

The woman was offered a different seat and Ramamoorthy was arrested after the plane landed, the court documents stated.

Furthermore, in October 2013, an enjoying some downtime Delta Connection pilot situated in Detroit was blamed for stroking a 14-year-old young lady on a flight from Detroit Metro Airport to Salt Lake City.


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.

He ultimately admitted to unzipping her trousers and attempting to digitally penetrate her, The Detroit News reports.

Federal prosecutor Amanda Jawad said that Ramamoorthy sat between his wife and the victim.

Ramamoorthy gave "conflicting reports", about what happened with the victim, Jawad said. He rubbished the victim's claims, saying he had learnt from his wife that the woman was 'sleeping on his knees'. 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 wife told officials a similar story, and said that they had called the flight attendants to try to change seats.

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

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