Uber Driver Charged with Alleged Sexual Assaulted on Female Passenger during Journey to Work
Boston, MA - Jose H. Arevalos-Avalos, age 37, was arrested by the Ashland Police Department after allegedly sexually assaulting one of his female passengers.
The Uber driver is now facing charges for sexually assaulting a customer, including an offer of money in exchange for sex. The woman immediately notified the police of his indecent request, at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Friday afternoon. She went on to give a report, stating that Arevalos-Avalos had started to touch her between the legs after she said she did not want to have sex with him, according to the Boston Herald.
The woman had initially ordered an Uber as a car ride to work in Ashland. She requested the ride later Friday afternoon. Reports state that the woman claimed she was picked up in a gray Toyota Corolla.
The woman had later told police officials that she was offered $100 to have sex with the driver, according to the Boston Herald. In addition to this information, the woman was able to provide the driver’s phone number. According to her, Arevalos-Avalos had given it to her personally, not through the app, and had told her to call him later once she exited the car.
Police officials had used both the phone number and the license place number provided by the victim to track down the Uber driver. All tracking pointed directly towards his home in Holliston, where he was later arrested on Friday night, at approximately 11:00 p.m., by the Ashland Police Department. The exact address was noted as his North Mill Street apartment.
Arevalos-Avalos was to be arraigned this morning in Framingham District Court.
An Uber spokesperson came forward to provide a statement, according to NBC Boston. The spokesperson had said that the driver’s access to the app had been completely shut off. All Uber representatives and personnel are working with the police currently to help in any way they can throughout the investigation.
So far, it is unclear whether Arevalos-Avalos has a lawyer to go through court hearings with.