Indian man convicted of groping woman on US flight, wife sat next to him

A 35-year-old Indian IT manager, Prabhu Ramamoorthy has been convicted of sexually assaulting a sleeping woman aboard a Detroit-bound flight in the US.


He will be sentenced on December 12 by US District Judge Terrence Berg, as per reports.


He faces up to life in prison and if released, he will be deported to India.




As per reports, the verdict came seven months after he assaulted the 22-year-old woman during a Spirit Airlines flight from Las Vegas while his wife sat in the next seat.


“We will not tolerate the behaviour of anyone who takes advantage of victims who are in a vulnerable position, and we are glad the jury agreed,” US Attorney Matthew Schneider said in a statement.


“We appreciate the victim in this case for her courage to speak out,” Mr Schneider said.


The woman said she was sitting in a window seat next to Prabhu Ramamoorthy, whose wife was in the aisle seat. She added that she fell asleep and woke up to discover a hand in her pants and noticed that her pants were unbuttoned and her shirt untied.


Reports said, when she woke up, the man stopped, and the woman alerted a flight attendant.


Prabhu Ramamoorthy initially told investigators that he was in a deep sleep and did not do anything, it said.


Later, he told an FBI agent he “might have” undone the woman’s bra and cupped her breast, according to court records, the report added.


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