A Boston Uber driver allegedly raped an intoxicated girl after he picked her up from her celebration early Tuesday morning.
Michael Squadrito, 40, picked up the unidentified sufferer exterior of a bar within the Faneuil Corridor space of Boston and in some unspecified time in the future in the course of the journey, he pulled over on a one-way avenue, climbed into the again of the automobile and allegedly raped her, the Boston Globe studies. The lady, who mentioned she was “extremely intoxicated” on the time, says that after the alleged rape Squadrito woke her up from an “unconscious state” and requested her: “I completed, would you like me to drag your pants up for you?”
The lady declined his supply and bought out of the automobile so as “get away from the suspect as quickly as doable,” a police report reads. Shortly after, the sufferer acquired therapy at Brigham and Girls’s Hospital.
Squadrito admitted to having intercourse with the lady however claimed the interplay was consensual, based on the Boston Globe. Squadrito was arrested and charged with rape on Tuesday in Dorchester Municipal Court docket in Boston. Through the court docket listening to, Squadrito mentioned the lady requested intercourse and photographs from a digital camera in his automobile would show his declare. Police searched the automobile and reviewed the contents of the digital camera, however discovered nothing to corroborate Squadrito’s claims.
He pleaded not responsible and is at the moment being held on a $10,000 bail.
Squadrito’s court-appointed lawyer, Nancy Hurley, insinuated that the sufferer was too inebriated to recollect if she had consented.
“The younger woman within the police report signifies she was inebriated, a lot so she doesn’t keep in mind parts of what’s alleged to have occurred,” Hurley mentioned, based on the Boston Herald.
The Boston Globe studies that Squadrito had a felony file together with a 2015 arrest for soliciting intercourse for cash and different drug-related fees.
An Uber spokeswoman advised HuffPost that the corporate has rescinded Squadrito’s entry to the app and can “proceed to cooperate with regulation enforcement.”
“What’s been reported is deeply disturbing and our ideas are with the rider throughout this tough time,” she mentioned.
Uber has an extended historical past of rampant sexual misconduct, together with incidents within the company firm and within the automobiles providing ride-share providers. CNN discovered in a Might investigation that over 100 Uber drivers have been accused of sexually assaulting or abusing clients within the U.S. during the last 4 years. Final month, a Miami Uber driver was charged with raping a feminine passenger, later saying it was merely a “perk” of the job.
Squadrito’s subsequent court docket listening to is ready for Nov. 21.