The Latest: Man gets 9 years in prison for plane sex assault

DETROIT (AP) — The Latest on a man convicted of sexually assaulting a sleeping woman on a plane (all times local):

2:40 p.m.

A man has been sentenced to nine years in prison for sexually assaulting a sleeping woman during an overnight flight from Las Vegas to Detroit.

Prabhu Ramamoorthy was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Detroit. He was jailed after being accused of molesting a woman on an overnight flight in January.

The 23-year-old victim says he unzipped her pants, unbuttoned her shirt and molested her with his hands while she slept.

Investigators say Ramamoorthy was in a middle seat sitting next to the victim, and his wife was sitting next to the aisle. Prosecutors called it a “brazen” assault.

Ramamoorthy is a native of India. He came to the U.S. on a work visa in 2015 and will be deported after the prison term.

___

5:40 a.m.

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

Prabhu Ramamoorthy is expected in federal court Thursday in Detroit. He was jailed after being accused of molesting a woman with his hands while she slept on an overnight flight from Las Vegas to Detroit in January.

Ramamoorthy was in a middle seat sitting next to the victim, and his wife was sitting next to the aisle. Prosecutors called it a “brazen” assault.

Defense attorneys are seeking a prison term of less than 10 years, arguing Ramamoorthy’s “life as he knew it is over.”

Ramamoorthy had been in the U.S. on a work visa. He’ll eventually be deported to India because of the conviction.

Categories: National & International News