An Uber driver who sexual assaulted and raped passengers was sentenced on Monday to 46 years to life. A jury convicted the Uber driver of three rapes and 13 felonies. The judge assigned a separate term of 8 years and 8 months, resulting in a total term of 54 years.
The Uber driver from Santa Maria had faced trial after accusations of sexual assaulting intoxicated women for 2 years, through 2017 and 2018. He was also accused and convicted for robbing the assault survivors, in addition to the sex crimes. He had picked up the Uber passengers in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo.
Prosecutors for the government stated that the driver would take intoxicated to their home, then follow them into their home. In addition to sexual assault and rape, he stole wallets, cellphones and jewelry while inside the customers home.
Multiple survivors made statements in court on how the assaults have created long-term trauma, and the treatment they have sought since the incidents. One stated “I’ll never be able to live the life I wanted. I’ll always live the life of a survivor”.
Uber announced they would drop terms of service restricting survivors of sexual assault from filing lawsuits. Previously the firms used these terms to force injured women to settle cases in mandatory arbitration.
Uber’s Chief Legal Officer Tony West wrote they “will no longer require mandatory arbitration for individual claims of sexual assault or sexual harassment by Uber riders, drivers or employees.”
Survivors now enjoy the ability to choose for themselves. Levin Simes can protect your name and ensure any complaint filed in a lawsuit uses an anonymous name, so the facts of your case do not become public.
5,981 sexual assault were reported to Uber in 2017-2018. While both drivers and passengers were assaulted, the majority of survivors were passengers assaulted by drivers. The total number of assaults in 2018 was similar to the number in 2017, around 3,000 each year. Cases of rape and attempted rape were similar both years.
Uber has not released information for 2019 or 2020, as of April 27th 2021.
For more information on the Uber report on sexual assault, please see our Uber sexual assault lawsuit page.
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