Chicago, IL — A 29-year-old former Uber driver was found guilty Tuesday of sexually assaulting a female passenger.
McHenry County Judge Robert Wilbrandt ruled Ahmed Tawfeeq guilty of multiple charges. These charges include attempted aggravated criminal sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual abuse, aggravated battery, unlawful restraint and promoting prostitution.
Reports show that the Uber driver had driven for Uber for three years and has had over 3,500 rides.
According to reports, the suspect picked up the woman at about 8:30 a.m. June 16, 2017, in Elgin. They were on their way to her home in Prairie Grove. However, he allegedly turned off the Uber app and sexually assaulted her in a parking lot.
Meanwhile, Tawfeeq denied all the allegations, said his attorney Henry Sugden.
Furthermore, the woman testified that Tawfeeq taught her about how to prostitute herself to make extra money. However, Atty. Sugden claims it was the victim who asked Tawfeeq’s advice.
Moreover, according to the indictment filed in McHenry County courthouse, Tawfeeq “offered to arrange a meeting of (the woman) and another male for the purpose of prostitution.”
Additionally, the driver allegedly told an inmate in McHenry County jail that he would pay his bond and give him $6,000. In return, the man would “harm, threaten or kidnap” the woman to keep her “from testifying against” him.
The woman reported the incident to the authorities and also brought it to Uber’s attention.
Uber has not released a statement regarding the incident.