Boston Uber Driver Charged with Sexual Assault

An Uber driver sexually assaulted a 30-year-old Boston woman early Sunday morning en route to the North End, according to Boston Police.

The woman told officers she and three friends were picked up by the driver at the end of their night out. The three friends were dropped off, but she remained in the car to be let out at a different location, she said. During the time she was alone with the driver, the woman told officers the driver “indecently touched her several times,’’ according to police. She eventually exited the car in the North End, which is when someone helped her call police, who responded at about 3:25 a.m.

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Detectives from the Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit identified the driver as 36-year-old Abderrahim Dakiri of Boston. He was arrested at the East Boston police station and charged with indecent assault and battery.

An Uber spokesperson told Boston.com Dakiri passed Uber’s federal, state, and local background screening on January 13, 2015. He has been removed from the Uber platform pending the outcome of the ongoing investigation, the spokesperson said.

This is the second time a Boston Uber driver has been charged with sexually assaulting a female passenger in two months. After the December incident, Uber launched a “safe ride checklist.’’

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