UK student reports sexual assault by Uber driver; company bans him

BY MORGAN EADS AND FERNANDO ALFONSO III

4/27/2017

A student reported Thursday that an Uber driver who was to drive her back to her dorm made unwanted sexual advances, according to University of Kentucky Police.

The student said she left a business near Woodland and Euclid avenues and got into the car about 12:50 a.m. Wednesday, according to UK police. Rather than take her to her dorm, the driver reportedly went to parking structure No. 2 on Hilltop Avenue.

In the parking garage, near William T. Young Library, the driver touched her over her clothes and kissed her, according to police.

“What’s been described is upsetting and is not tolerated on the Uber app,” Uber representative Kayla Whaling said. “We have removed this driver’s access and will assist law enforcement in their investigation.”

Whaling said the driver didn’t have other allegations against him and that he went through the company’s background check process, conducted by Checkr. Whaling declined to say how long the driver had worked for Uber, but she said that information had been passed along to police.

The student was later dropped off at her dorm, and police were called at 4 p.m. Wednesday, UK Police Chief Joe Monroe said. The student sought medical attention but had no major injuries.

Investigators were in contact with the driver after 4 a.m.,, Monroe said. Since then, UK police had heard from two other female students who had said an Uber driver matching that description had “acted strange in his behavior (and) caused them alarm,” Monroe said.

The driver was described as a white man about 5-foot-10 and 200 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes, according to police. He’s thought to be about 33 years old.

The car was a red four-door Chevrolet Spark, according to police.


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