Ramamoorthy is accused of abusing a 22-year-old sitting in a window seat next to him on a Spirit Airlines flight from Las Vegas which landed in Detroit early on January 3, even as his wife was by his side.
The US Police has arrested Prabhu Ramamoorthy living in the United States on temporary visa on Wednesday on charges of aggravated sexual abuse on woman passenger after he exited the Spirit Airlines flight at the Metro Airport.
The woman in her complaint stated that she woke from a small nap to find her trousers open with the man's hand inside and her shirt unbuttoned. 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 a year ago said they had received a report of a passenger being sexually assaulted. She also says her trousers were undone and her shirt was unbuttoned to reveal her breasts.
The complaint does not reveal where Ramamoorthy or the woman are from.
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.
Ramamoorthy was then detained by the Wayne County Airport Authority. They assigned her a different seat at the back of the plane.
His wife told officials a similar version and said that they had called the flight attendants to try to change seats.
Federal prosecutor Amanda Jawad said that Ramamoorthy sat between his wife and the victim.
The report also says that Prabhu admitted to unzipping Celia's trousers and putting his fingers inside.
The horrific incident happened while the victim was asleep against the plane window. Magistrate Judge R. Steven Whalen ordered Ramamoorthy to be held pending trial.
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.
Stephen Schuler, a spokesman for Spirit, said that it was cooperating with law enforcement on the incident.