Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Uber driver charged with indecent assault, WA

Uber driver charged with indecent assault, WA

Spence assaulted the 24-year-old victim about 3 a.m. Friday after she passed out in the back of his vehicle on her way to Hollywood, according to Los Angeles police.

She fell unconscious in his auto, said LAPD Robbery Homicide Capt. William Hayes.

Surveillance video shows Spence taking the woman into a room at a motel on Lankershim Boulevard, where he sexually assaulted her, according to police, who have not released the video. The auto has an Uber sticker in the front windshield.

"During the journey it is alleged the driver stopped the vehicle, and indecently assaulted the woman", WA Police spokeswoman Susan Usher said. Police believe Spence he may have sexually assaulted other victims. Spence was driving a silver 2015 Nissan Sentra with the license plate No. 7XUX293.

Capt. William Hayes, with LAPD's Robbery-Homicide Division, said Spence has five felony convictions on his record, all related to narcotics, in Los Angeles County, Ventura County and the Sacramento area. "We are working with the Los Angeles Police Department to fully support their investigation, and the driver has been banned from the Uber app". The exact dates of Spence's felony convictions were not immediately available.

Spence was arrested later. Leonid Beker of San Francisco was taken into custody on suspicion of sexual battery, according to the Moraga Police Department.

At around 2.15am on April 22, a woman in her thirties was collected by the driver, and the pair began the trip to her home. The first lawsuit seeks to force Uber drivers to undergo criminal background checks, installation of dash cameras, and reporting on number of assaults linked through Uber's service.

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