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Uber driver accused of sexually assaulting passenger

The driver picked the woman up early Wednesday and allegedly took her to another destination before sexually assaulting her.
The alleged attack is just the latest in the Boston area involving a rideshare driverReuters

An Uber driver has been charged with rape and sexual assault after picking up a female passenger in Boston Wednesday, reports said.

Michael Vedrine, 32, of Brockton, is scheduled to be arraigned Friday in Dorchester Municipal Court in connection with the alleged assault on a passenger, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office.

Vedrine has been arrested ontwo counts of rape and two counts of indecent sexual assault, according to the Boston Globe.

The incident occurred between 2 and 4 a.m. Wednesday after the driver picked up a young woman who called for a driver using the popular rideshare service, the Globe reported. Police said that instead of taking her to the requested destination, the driver went toanother location and sexually assaulted the woman.

This latest attack involving an Uber driver comes just after the state signed into law new regulations for Uber and Lyft that stopped short of requiring fingerprinting for those drivers — as is required for the city’s taxis, according to CBS Boston.

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