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Perth Uber driver charged with 'stopping car', indecently assaulting woman

Perth Uber driver charged with 'stopping car', indecently assaulting woman

He went to the hotel, rented a room and then carried her from his vehicle into the hotel room where he assaulted her.

Instead of taking to her home to Hollywood, the driver allegedly took her to a motel on Lankershim Boulevard and sexually assaulted her, Hayes said.

Sanchez drove the woman near her home in Santa Ana and sexually assaulted her in his 2016 Toyota Sienna, prosecutors alleged. Investigators say they have surveillance video of the suspect carrying the victim into the hotel.

"During the journey it is alleged the driver stopped the vehicle, and indecently assaulted the woman", WA Police spokeswoman Susan Usher said.

Police say Spence had five prior felony convictions in California for narcotics-related crimes.

Uber officials said Spence was screened according state requirements that went into effect January 1, under AB 1289. "To do something that brazen ... in my investigators' and my opinion ... we believe it is something he has done before ..."

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The news comes just weeks after 41-year-old Sydney Uber driver was sentenced to six years and four months in jail for raping a female tourist in 2015.

Police said a woman in her 20s, who News4Jax is not naming because of the nature of the allegations, hailed a ride from Uber on June 14 and was assigned Ricci as her driver.

Joondalup Detectives have charged a 28 year old man as a result of their investigation into an incident that occurred on Saturday 22 April 2017.

Spence is being held on $1 million bail and the case is now being presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office for filing consideration.

"It doesn't seem feasible that this would be the first time, when you take an individual like this", LAPD Robbery-Homicide Capt. William Hayes said. "No person should ever have to experience the violent act that's been reported to police", the company said.

Uber says it conducts background screening checks on its drivers and rules out any applicants who have had felony convictions in the past seven years. The exact dates of Spence's felony convictions were not immediately available.


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