Uber driver charged with sexually assaulting teenage girl in Laguna Beach

Nov. 8, 2016 

Updated 3:23 p.m.

A 22-year-old Uber driver has been charged with sexually assaulting a teenage girl who was a passenger in Laguna Beach, authorities said Tuesday.

Samer Alaaeldin Mahran is accused of sexually assaulting the girl in his car near her home in Laguna Beach early Saturday, said Laguna Beach Police Sgt. Tim Kleiser.

Kleiser said police were called at about 2:30 a.m. on Saturday regarding a sexual assault in an Uber car. Uber assisted police in identifying the driver, he said, adding that Mahran was arrested hours later at his home in Huntington Beach.

He said Mahran had worked for Uber for less than a year.

A spokesperson for Uber could not immediately be reached for comment.

Mahran was charged Tuesday with four felony counts of rape by use of drugs, forcible oral copulation on a minor over the age of 14, sexual penetration of a child over 14 by a foreign object and force, and unlawful sexual intercourse, according to court records.

He is due in Orange County Superior Court Tuesday for arraignment.