103 Uber drivers investigated for sex assaults

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A new investigation by CNN reveals at least 103 incidents of Uber drivers being accused of sexually assaulting or abusing passengers in the last four years. 

One of those drivers was John David Sanchez, a San Diego area man who was arrested, convicted and sentenced to 80 years in prison. Investigators say he drugged and assaulted multiple victims. 

Uber issued the following statement that reads in part:

"These stories are horrific and our hearts go out to the victims. We worked with CNN to understand their findings and determined that Uber did 2.4 billion trips in the U.S. in that same period. But even one incident on our platform is too many which is why safety is Uber’s top priority for 2018 and beyond.

We recently strengthened our safety approach with new features including an emergency button, driver screening improvements, and the addition of the former Secretary of Homeland Security to head up Uber’s Safety Advisory Board. This is just a start and we are committed to doing even more." 

 

Uber says they do conduct a criminal background check and re-run checks for current drivers. 

RELATEDCNN investigation: 103 Uber drivers accused of sexual assault or abuse

A similar CNN review found 18 cases of Lyft drivers accused in the past four years. Four drivers have been convicted.

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