Uber driver charged with sex assault on Chicago passenger

2015-01-15 13:17
(Paul J Richards, AFP)

(Paul J Richards, AFP)

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Chicago - A driver for the ride-sharing service Uber has been charged with kidnapping and sexually assaulting a passenger in Chicago.

Cook County prosecutors say 46-year-old Adnan Nafasat of suburban Villa Park overpowered and choked a 21-year-old passenger during a 31 July attack.

Assistant state's attorney Jennifer Cooper said at a bond hearing on Wednesday that Nafasat refused the man's pleas to take him home.

The driver's attorney, Carey Crimmins, said in court that Nafasat owns a business and drives to supplement his income.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Nafasat was ordered held in lieu of $150 000 bail.

Uber spokesperson Jennifer Mullin says the company has removed Nafasat from its platform and is assisting investigators.

It was the second time in two weeks that a driver was charged with assaulting an Uber passenger in Chicago.

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