Uber driver charged with sexual assault

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WARREN, R.I. (WPRI) — An Uber driver accused of inappropriately touching a female passenger is facing criminal charges.

Warren Deputy Police Chief Roy Borges confirms Hermenegildo Benitez Montes, 41, of Pawtucket is charged with second-degree sexual assault.

Police said Montes inappropriately touched a 34-year-old female passenger who was unconscious in his vehicle on Aug. 17.

Police said the victim told officers she fell asleep on the ride home and woke up to Montes with his hand up her dress.

Eyewitness News reached out to Uber for a statement about this incident. 

“What’s been described is profoundly disturbing. The driver’s access to the app has been removed,” Uber spokesperson Jodi Page said.

Earlier this month, after a different driver was charged with sexual assault in Providence – the company said it has clear language in its Community Guidelines prohibiting inappropriate behavior.

The spokesman said the ride-sharing company recently launched an emergency button that connects riders to 911 in an emergency. He also suggested riders set up their account to automatically share their trip with loved or friends so they know where you are.

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