Woman says she was sexually assaulted while asleep on flight to Detroit

A 22-year old woman has accused a man of sexually assaulting her while she slept on a flight.

The assault allegedly occurred on a Spirit Airlines flight from Las Vegas to Detroit on Wednesday. Flight attendants say the woman "appeared visibly upset and was crying," as she immediately reported the abuse.

She says while sleeping on the flight, Prabhu Ramamoorthy unbuttoned her shirt and pants and fondled her, stopping only when she fully awoke. 

Ramamoorthy, a citizen of India, has been taken into police custody. Because he is not an American citizen, he has the right to ask the government to contact his home country for help with legal representation and to contact his family. 

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Former Stanford student Brock Turner who was sentenced to six months in county jail for the sexual assault of an unconscious and intoxicated woman is shown in this Santa Clara County Sheriff's booking photo taken January 18, 2015, and received June 7, 2016.

(Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department/Handout)

Alec Cook is pictured in this undated booking photo. The University of Wisconsin-Madison student is accused of sexually assaulting several women.

(Madison Police Department/Handout)

 

Actor and comedian Bill Cosby (C) arrives for a preliminary hearing on sexual assault charges at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania February 2, 2016. Cosby has been charged with the 2004 sexual assault of Andrea Constand, a former women's basketball team manager at Temple University in Philadelphia, Cosby's alma mater.

(REUTERS/Mark Makela)

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