Toronto Uber driver charged with sexual assault

Uber announced earlier this year it was rolling out a series of ways to protect the safety of its passengers.

An Uber driver has been arrested after being charged for sexual assault, according to a November 23rd, 2018 Toronto Police news release.

Senol Komec, 38, was charged with four counts of sexual assault and four counts of forcible confinement. The release said he appeared before court on October 18th, 2018.

Sexual assault cases happened on December 16th, 2017, April 18th, 2018, July 2, 2018, and October 13th, 2018.

In April, Uber announced that it was rolling out a series of new features in the U.S. aiming to increase passenger security. That includes adding up to five people as ‘Trusted Contacts’ with whom trip details can be shared, and adding an ‘incase-of-emergency” button that contacts 911 directly.

Uber also said at the time that it was going to vet its drivers around the world by “proactively rerun[ning] criminal and motor vehicle checks, regardless of whether there is a legal obligation to do so.”

In a statement to Mobile Syrup Uber said: “What’s been reported is horrible and something no person should go through. As soon as we learned about these incidents, we immediately removed all drivers; access to the app.”

Source: Toronto Police

Update 23/11/2018 7:28pm ET: Story updated with a response from Uber.