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Uber Driver Arrested for Allegedly Sexually Abusing Customer

Last December, allegations surfaced on the Cleveland Park listserv that on Dec. 8 a driver for luxury sedan service Uber had raped a customer in the neighborhood. Today, the Metropolitan Police Department announced that an arrest has been made in the case—and Uber admitted that the driver was an approved driver for the service.

The suspect, 35-year-old Alexandria resident Anouar Habib Trabelsi, was arrested yesterday and charged with first-degree sexual abuse. According to D.C. Superior court records, police applied for a warrant to search Trabelsi's property in December.

While police declined to say whether Trabelsi was a a driver for Uber, the D.C. general manager for the company, Rachel Holt, acknowledged in a statement that Trabelsi was an Uber-approved driver. Drivers using Uber are not employed by the company, working instead for sedan services that use Uber's electronic dispatch app. The company had previously declined to confirm that the driver in the incident had any involvement with Uber.

"Immediately upon being told that a driver for Capitol Limo, a limo company utilizing Uber technology, was suspected of committing a crime, we deactivated the partner account," Holt says in a statement. "He has not done a single ride through Uber since then."

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