An Uber driver is accused of sexually assaulting a 30-year-old Boston woman early Sunday morning, Boston Police said Monday.
Abderrahim Dakiri, 36, of Boston has been charged with indecent assault and battery, police said.
It is the second time in two months that a Boston Uber driver has been charged with sexually assaulting a female passenger.
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The car was heading to the North End when the alleged attack occurred, around 3:25 a.m. The woman told police that she and three friends were wrapping up a night out when Dakiri picked them up. The victim's friends were dropped off, but she remained in the car to be dropped in another location.
According to the victim, it was during that time period that Dakiri "indecently touched her several times."
The car dropped her in the North End, police said, at which point she called the police with the help of a stranger.
"Our thoughts are with the victim of this terrible incident,” said Uber Spokeswoman Kaitlin Durkosh. “We have been in close contact with the BPD since the allegations were reported and have been proactively providing information to them that has helped with their investigation. The driver in question has been removed from the platform pending the ongoing investigation."
Dakiri holds a livery license from the Massachusetts Department of Motor Vehicles, Uber said. Dakiri passed Uber's federal, state and local background screening for uberX on Jan. 13 and UberBLACK on Sept. 23, Uber said.
Regulations took effect in January that require the ride-hailing company to be licensed by the state. After a similar accusation in December, Uber created a “safe ride checklist.”