According to CNN, a man accused of undressing and fondling a Spirit Airlines passenger while she was asleep could spend the rest of his life behind bars.
Spirit Airline Passenger Convicted of Sexually Assaulting Woman on Flight
Prabhu Ramamoorthy, 35, was convicted of sexual abuse on board an aircraft for digitally penetrating the victim, the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan said.
His sentencing date is set for December 12, and he could face up to life in prison. After finishing his sentence, Ramamoorthy — who is in the United States on a work visa — will be deported to his home country. The criminal complaint against Ramamoorthy did not specify his home country.
The 22-year-old woman said she fell asleep leaning against the window, the criminal complaint states. She woke up to a hand down her pants and noticed that her pants and her shirt were unbuttoned and the passenger next to her was fondling her, the court filing says.
The passenger stopped when she woke up, and she immediately told a flight attendant what happened, the complaint states.
Ramamoorthy was taken into custody when the flight landed. He said in a written statement that he was in “deep sleep,” the complaint states. He also said the woman fell asleep on his knees and he is “not sure where [he] kept the hand on her.”
[more at cnn.com]