Man convicted of sexually assaulting woman on plane as wife sat next to him

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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – MAY 09: A Spirit Airlines plane is seen on the tarmac at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on May 9, 2017 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Yesterday a chaotic scene erupted at the Spirit Airlines counter after flights were canceled which led to passengers getting irate and the police had to move […]

 A federal jury has convicted a Detroit-area man of sexually assaulting a sleeping Spirit Airlines passenger.

U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider announced the verdict Thursday, saying 35-year-old Prabhu Ramamoorthy of Rochester Hills faces the possibility of life in prison when he’s sentenced on Dec. 12. If released, Schneider says Ramamoorthy will be deported to India. The defendant was in the U.S. on a work visa.

The 22-year-old woman told authorities that she was in a window seat Jan. 3 and awoke during the assault on a flight from Las Vegas to Detroit. She said her pants and blouse were unbuttoned. SF Gate reports the man was in the middle seat and his wife was in an aisle seat, an arm’s length away. 

Schneider says the jury deliberated about 3½ hours before returning the verdict following a five-day trial.

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