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

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- Authorities have accused a man of sexually assaulting a 22-year-old woman on an airplane after she fell asleep.

A U.S. man has been charged with aggravated sexual abuse after a women reported him attempting to "digitally penetrate" her while she slept on-board a flight.

The victim said she fell asleep and woke up to discover a hand in her trousers and noticed that her trousers were unbuttoned and her shirt untied. According to the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, a union for flight attendants, one out of five flight attendants surveyed from a group of 2,000 previous year said they had received a report of a passenger being sexually assaulted. She told authorities the man next to her had his fingers inside her trousers, and that he stopped when she woke up.

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


Ramamoorthy was arrested as soon as the flight landed.

Ramamoorthy, before talking with the specialist, gave a composed explanation that he was in "profound rest", that the woman nodded off on his knees and that he is "not certain where (he) kept the hand on her". Ramamoorthy was arrested upon landing at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport. They assigned her a different seat at the back of the plane.

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When asked for a statement, he said that he had taken a pill and fallen into a deep sleep, Jawad said.

The horrific incident happened while the victim was asleep against the plane window.

He likewise demonstrated that he unfastened her jeans part-way, and put his finger into her jeans. 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 version and said that they had called the flight attendants to try to change seats. He said Ramamoorthy had worked as a project manager at a technology group for about two and a half years.

"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, said it was cooperating with law enforcement on the incident.