NSW Police have charged an Uber driver with the sexual assault of a 17-year-old girl in his car in Sydney on the weekend.
Police will allege that around 1.30am on Sunday, August 26, a 37-year-old man collected three passengers from a booking in the city and drove them to Bondi.
After her two friends got out of the car at Bondi, the teenager was taken to an address in North Bondi and police will allege that the driver sexually assaulted her in his vehicle.
The driver was arrested in Liverpool on Monday afternoon and charged with sexual intercourse without consent.
He was given conditional bail to appear in Liverpool Local Court on 25 October. One condition is that he must not work as a ride-share service driver.
An Uber spokeswoman told Business Insider: “This is deeply upsetting and has no place anywhere”.
The spokeswoman said as soon as the incident was reported, Uber “immediately removed this driver’s access and have fully cooperated in this police investigation”.
“This individual does not have any previous feedback of this nature,” Uber said. “We are working closely with the New South Wales Police Force and will continue to support their investigation in any way possible.”
Last year, a Sydney Uber driver was convicted of the rape of a woman he picked up outside a Kings Cross nightclub in 2015.
Muhammad Naveed, 41, was jailed for a minimum six years and four months for the assault in his car of the woman who was intoxicated and asleep when she woke to find the driver on top of her.
Naveed had pleaded not guilty claiming the sex was consensual, but the jury found the woman did not consent and her drunken state left her in no condition to give consent.
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