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An Uber driver appeared in court on Tuesday after he was charged with raping a passenger in one of the city's upscale Oceanfront neighborhoods over the weekend.

Sewanou Bisile Yoro, 34, of Norfolk, was arrested Monday on charges of abduction, rape and aggravated sexual assault. He is being held without bond in the city jail.

Police said the victim was picked up Saturday night and assaulted sometime between 9:34 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. in the Bay Colony area on Linkhorn Bay near the Oceanfront.

A bail determination checklist in Yoro's court file said he's been driving part-time for Uber for two to three years, earning about $350 a week.

It also indicated that he had no prior criminal history, and that a gun was not used during the alleged assault. Yoro told a magistrate he has lived in the area since 2010 and that he owns his home in the 200 block of W. 32nd Street in Norfolk as well as a 2009 Mitsubishi.

The arrest warrant stated that the victim was an adult, but provided no other information.

During a brief arraignment hearing Tuesday, Yoro told General District Judge Gene Woolard that he lives alone in Norfolk. The judge appointed him a public defender and set a preliminary hearing date of May 4.

Uber has struggled in the past with some high-profile sexual assault cases involving its drivers.

The Washington Post reported last November that the company had to settle a lawsuit brought by two women who said Uber was responsible for sexual assaults by drivers who contracted with the company.

The company was the target of a 2015 lawsuit when a Virginia Beach driver harassed and assaulted a 13-year-old girl. The driver, Isagani A. Marin, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge the same year and received a six-month suspended sentence, The Virginian-Pilot reported at the time.
 

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With no criminal history there is no way of predicting this type of behavior. It would be interesting to get the numbers of assaults and violent crimes the occur in ride-share and compare them to other forms of transportation.
 

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An Uber driver appeared in court on Tuesday after he was charged with raping a passenger in one of the city's upscale Oceanfront neighborhoods over the weekend.

Sewanou Bisile Yoro, 34, of Norfolk, was arrested Monday on charges of abduction, rape and aggravated sexual assault. He is being held without bond in the city jail.

Police said the victim was picked up Saturday night and assaulted sometime between 9:34 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. in the Bay Colony area on Linkhorn Bay near the Oceanfront.

A bail determination checklist in Yoro's court file said he's been driving part-time for Uber for two to three years, earning about $350 a week.

It also indicated that he had no prior criminal history, and that a gun was not used during the alleged assault. Yoro told a magistrate he has lived in the area since 2010 and that he owns his home in the 200 block of W. 32nd Street in Norfolk as well as a 2009 Mitsubishi.

The arrest warrant stated that the victim was an adult, but provided no other information.

During a brief arraignment hearing Tuesday, Yoro told General District Judge Gene Woolard that he lives alone in Norfolk. The judge appointed him a public defender and set a preliminary hearing date of May 4.

Uber has struggled in the past with some high-profile sexual assault cases involving its drivers.

The Washington Post reported last November that the company had to settle a lawsuit brought by two women who said Uber was responsible for sexual assaults by drivers who contracted with the company.

The company was the target of a 2015 lawsuit when a Virginia Beach driver harassed and assaulted a 13-year-old girl. The driver, Isagani A. Marin, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge the same year and received a six-month suspended sentence, The Virginian-Pilot reported at the time.
I love stories like this. Put this company under investigation for hiring criminals
 

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Not true many drivers have criminal history but Uber's background check does not go back long enough to see the history of the criminal act driver committed
 

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Not true many drivers have criminal history but Uber's background check does not go back long enough to see the history of the criminal act driver committed
Do you have evidence to support that claim ? At some point a criminal conviction has to become irrelevant particularity for non-violent offenses. If twenty years ago a person was convicted of tax evasion they should be able to move on (TNC'S do not allow this). I know the TA only goes back 5 years at this point, what is the point of doing background checks if convicted violent criminals are given a pass.
I still have not seen one shred of evidence that government controlled fingerprint background checks are any more effective at stopping criminal activities by drivers than the background checks done by TNC's in Las Vegas. If anything the evidence supports the supposition that TNC's are better at averting criminal behavior by drivers than taxi companies or the NTA / TA in Nevada.
If a person has no criminal history in the US or Canada then background checks are not going to make one bit of difference. The most effective method of stopping criminal activities by drivers is for the companies that pay them to take the responsibility and be held accountable. Transportation companies must put systems in place to deter such behavior and drivers. TNC's in Nevada already do this, maybe it is time for taxi companies to do their own back ground checks like rideshare companies currently do in Nevada.
 

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Do you have evidence to support that claim ? I know the TA only goes back 5 years at this point, what is the point of doing background checks if convicted criminals are given a pass.
I think felony convictions show up for life, no matter how far back the check goes. Not positive about that, but my brother is a felon and I believe that is what he said.

As far as misdemeanors, I personally think 3-5 years is long enough to catch any kindicators of possible criminal personality. Young people have stupid minor incidents and that doesn't mean they don't grow out of it.
 

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Do you have evidence to support that claim ? At some point a criminal conviction has to become irrelevant particularity for non-violent offenses. If twenty years ago a person was convicted of tax evasion they should be able to move on (TNC'S do not allow this). I know the TA only goes back 5 years at this point, what is the point of doing background checks if convicted violent criminals are given a pass.
I still have not seen one shred of evidence that government controlled fingerprint background checks are any more effective at stopping criminal activities by drivers than the background checks done by TNC's in Las Vegas. If anything the evidence supports the supposition that TNC's are better at averting criminal behavior by drivers than taxi companies or the NTA / TA in Nevada.
If a person has no criminal history in the US or Canada then background checks are not going to make one bit of difference. The most effective method of stopping criminal activities by drivers is for the companies that pay them to take the responsibility and be held accountable. Transportation companies must put systems in place to deter such behavior and drivers. TNC's in Nevada already do this, maybe it is time for taxi companies to do their own back ground checks like rideshare companies currently do in Nevada.
Evidence are all over the news. The rape in LA by an uber driver was convicted of raped 15 years ago. A separate case in LA of another driver was stop by a police and had drugs and a unregistered gun was convicted over 10 years ago. Uber's background check only goes back 7 years.
 

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Evidence are all over the news. The rape in LA by an uber driver was convicted of raped 15 years ago. A separate case in LA of another driver was stop by a police and had drugs and a unregistered gun was convicted over 10 years ago. Uber's background check only goes back 7 years.
We do have to remember that background checks don't perfectly predict future behavior. Every criminal commits his first crime at some point.
 

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Evidence are all over the news. The rape in LA by an uber driver was convicted of raped 15 years ago. A separate case in LA of another driver was stop by a police and had drugs and a unregistered gun was convicted over 10 years ago. Uber's background check only goes back 7 years.
Do you have a link to these reports?
 
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With no criminal history there is no way of predicting this type of behavior. It would be interesting to get the numbers of assaults and violent crimes the occur in ride-share and compare them to other forms of transportation.
School Bus Drivers have a worse record than Rideshare.
 

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I'm saying taxi drivers don't have criminal records or any other employee don't have criminal records but when an uber driver is caught and it's easy to catch and uber driver because its all recorded on the app.

Why bother giving out links. If he is smart like he sound he should do his own homework
Statistics are a lot worse on taxi driver ers than Uber drivers,so far.
 

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I'm talking year by year Comparison.
I've already researched it a year ago.
I was shocked at the amount of Rapist and Pedophile school bus drivers.
( ran across that by accident on cross reference)
I didn't keep copies of the data or articles.
 
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