Indian Man Faces Prison in 'Brazen' Sex Assault on US Flight

A Spirit Airlines airplane

According to the evidence presented at the trial, on January 3, Ramamoorthy had engaged in a sexual act with a female, while she was sleeping on a flight from Las Vegas to Detroit.

An Indian man living in the US on a work visa was sentenced to nine years in prison Thursday for sexually assaulting a sleeping woman during an overnight flight to Detroit.

Federal prosecutors in Detroit are seeking almost 11 years in prison for an Indian man convicted of sexually assaulting a sleeping woman during a commercial flight.

"Everyone has the right to be secure and safe when they travel on airplanes".

A careless moment has proved too costly for an Indian man on a U.S. work visa.

Prabhu Ramamoorthy, 35, who came to the U.S. on an H-1B visa in 2015, will be deported after he serves his sentence. He was convicted in August. The jury deliberated approximately three-and-a-half hours before returning the guilty verdict. Prabhu Ramamoorthy was in a middle seat sitting next to the victim, while his wife was in an aisle seat on a Spirit Airlines flight from Las Vegas last January. Ramamoorthy was seated along with his wife, when he sexually assaulted his co-passenger.

Ramamoorthy's wife alleged that the woman had been sleeping on her husband's knees. The victim said that the man had apparently unbuttoned her shirt, unzipped her trousers, and molested her with his hands.

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According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, sexual assault on the vulnerable, mid-air has is on a dramatic increase and a large number of Indian nationals have been accused and prosecuted for the same in the recent past. The FBI says the airplane sexual assault is a serious offence that is on the rise. Investigators, however, believe many more assaults are unreported. Do I tell a flight attendant...

According to mental health professionals, victims who are violated in confined spaces feel even more helpless, vulnerable, and powerless.

She said she felt "petrified, frozen".

Ramamoorthy is from Tamil Nadu. His parents are farmers.

Prabhu Ramamoorthy has lived in suburban Detroit since arriving in the USA on a work visa in 2015.

Assistant attorney Amanda Awad told the judge that those accused of similar crimes usually express some sort of remorse at sentencing, but Ramamoorthy showed none, the Detroit Free Press reported.

Defence lawyer James Amberg asked for a prison sentence of less than 10 years.

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