Orlando Uber driver charged with sexually assaulting passenger

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Sexual assault seems to be a constant theme in recent headlines. A recent arrest in Orlando has repeated the theme, this time in connection with allegations that an Uber driver sexually assaulted a female passenger while she was drunk.

According to the arrest warrant, the victim called Uber for a ride from her friend's house to a hotel. According to the victim, she passed out while still in the car. The suspect told police that the woman asked him to pull over because she was not feeling well. The defendant says that the woman pulled up her dress, and he noticed that she was not wearing underwear. He said that he assumed from what he saw that the woman wanted to have sex.

Police allege that the suspect took the woman to a Red Roof Inn and carried her to a room. The suspect was alleged to have disrobed and laid on top of the woman. He allegedly began to kiss her, but he stopped because he thought of his wife and children. When the victim regained consciousness, the suspect allegedly told her that she was hallucinating and that she had awakened from a dream. The defendant was arrested on charges of kidnapping and sexual battery. He is being held without bond at the Orange County Jail.

As with most sexual assault cases, no witnesses saw the events except for the defendant and the alleged victim. The relative credibility of the defendant and the alleged victim will determine the outcome. In such cases, the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney can be crucial to evaluating the evidence, devising defense strategies, negotiating a plea agreement or taking the case to trial.

Source: Orlando Sentinel, "Orlando Uber driver accused of sexually assaulting passenger," Bianca Padró Ocasio, Dec. 8, 2017

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