Authorities say the victim fell asleep leaning against the window and that she woke up to a hand in her trousers, and noticed her trousers and shirt were unbuttoned. She immediately reported the abuse to the flight attendants. The two flight attendants told federal investigators that the victim was crying and that her shirt was untied and that her trousers were unbuttoned when she had reported the alleged attack at about 5:30 a.m., 40 minutes before the plane's landing.
Authorities say the sexual assault happened on a Spirit flight that was coming from Las Vegas to Detroit, and landed Wednesday morning.
The 22-year-old women is alleging she was awoken by the man attempting to shove his fingers into her vagina.
The woman was sitting in a window seat, with Ramamoorthy next to her. Ramamoorthy was arrested upon landing at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
Federal prosecutor Amanda Jawad said that Ramamoorthy sat between his wife and the victim. He later told authorities that he had fallen into a deep sleep and did not assault the woman. But the prosecutor said that "flight attendants did not report that anyone asked them to change seats other than the victim".
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Mr Ramamoorthy denied the accusations, telling police he was himself asleep after taking a pill.
He ultimately admitted to unzipping her trousers and attempting to digitally penetrate her, The Detroit News reports. Ramamoorthy's wife had at this point walked up to the back of the plane to inquire into the incident, the attendants added.
Prabhu's wife, meanwhile, told a similar sequence of events and said that they had called the flight attendants to change their seats as well.
Prabhu's lawyer Richard O'Neill offered to submit his client's passport, and said that there had been no prior allegations of such nature against Prabhu and that he had a clean record.
Spirit spokesman Stephen Schuler said the airline is "fully cooperating with law enforcement".