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Man sentenced to 9 years in 'brazen' sex assault on flight from Las Vegas

Posted at 4:48 PM, Dec 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-13 19:48:22-05

DETROIT (AP) — 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.