Monday, October 12, 2015

Charges Against Uber Driver Mengistu Asfaw Dismissed

(Oct 12, 2015, (Virginia))--Uber driver who was accused last summer of groping a customer has been cleared of that charge. The driver, Mengistu Asfaw, had insisted from the start that he was being falsely accused. Asfaw's record will be cleared, the court ruled Tuesday.

He lost his job as an Uber driver when the misdemeanor sexual battery charge was filed against him in early August.

Asfaw had picked up a 24-year-old woman and her intoxicated friend in Arlington's Clarendon neighborhood in the early-morning hours of July 12. The woman alleged that when he dropped them off at a Woodbridge apartment complex in the 2200 block of York Drive, he touched her over her clothes as she helped her friend out of the car, police said.

The second woman did not see the incident, police had said. Asfaw had adamantly denied the allegations, telling Northern Virginia Bureau Chief Julie Carey, "I'm an innocent person. I did not touch her." In Prince William County court Tuesday, an agreement was struck, and the charge was dismissed. Read more from NBC Washington »

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