Uber driver Michael Squadrito, 40 (pictured), of Everett, Massachusetts was accused Wednesday of the alleged rape of an unconscious woman from Boston during a ride she ordered at home
An Uber driver was indicted on Wednesday for the alleged rape of an unconscious woman from Boston during a ride she ordered at her birthday party.
Michael Squadrito, 40, from Everett, Massachusetts was arrested Tuesday by members of the Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit after he reportedly forced sex on a highly stunned & # 39; woman in the back seat of his car in the city of Dorchester, police said.
After Squadrito reportedly raped the woman, she told the police that he had woken her up and said: "I'm done, do you want me to put on your pants for you? & # 39; according to the police report.
A study published by CNN in May revealed that 103 Uber directors had been accused of sexual assault or abuse in the past four years.
Squadrito admitted having sex with the woman, but said it was consensual.
He has not pleaded guilty accusations and is being held to a $ 10,000 bond.
His access to the Uber app has been withdrawn, a spokesman for the company told HuffPost.
Uber said through a spokesman: "What has been reported is very disturbing and our thoughts are with the rider in this difficult time. The driver's access to the app has been removed and we will continue to work with law enforcement & # 39;
The woman who said she had been attacked had ordered an Uber to pick her up from Wild Rover, a karaoke bar in the Faneuil Hall district in downtown Boston, the Boston Globe reported.
Squadrito arrived as her driver. She was & # 39; very drunk & # 39 ;, she told the police when he picked her up.
Squadrito then drove her to a one-way street, where he got out of the car and sat down with her in the backseat, came on top of her and had sex with her without her permission.
She remembered that the suspect was on top of her and saw her jeans and underwear all the way down to her ankles, remembering that the suspect was feeling heavy on her, & # 39; said prosecutor Darcy Carey Wednesday in the court of Dorchester.
Squadrito would have taken the woman to a one-way street, where he got out of the car and sat down with her in the backseat, came on top of her and had sex with her without her permission.
After he was reportedly ready with the woman and woke her up, the woman told the police that she had left the car to leave the suspect as quickly as possible. and went for treatment in Brigham and Women & # 39; s Hospital, where she contacted authorities.
Squadrito, who remained out of sight during his pre-trial on Wednesday, admitting he had sex with the woman, but said it was consensual.
He said that video from the inside of his car would show that she asked him for sex.
The police received a Squadrito memory card, which the prosecutors said did not show any evidence that the interaction was a consensus.
Squadrito, who remained out of the picture during his indictment on Wednesday, admits having sex with the woman but said it was consensual, and said that video from inside his car would show that she was asking him for sex; The police received a Squadrito memory card, of which the prosecutors said they did not show any evidence that the interaction was a consensus
In 2015 Squadrito was arrested for paying for sex in Chelsea, Massachusetts, but these charges were later withdrawn; Squadrito is shown here in that mugshot 2015
Uber said through a spokesperson:
What is reported is very worrying and our thoughts are with the rider in this difficult time. The driver's access to the app has been removed and we will continue to cooperate with law enforcement. & # 39;
Squadrito was represented on Wednesday by lawyer-judge Nancy Hurley, who claimed in the defense of her client that the woman was intoxicated to the point that she could not remember parts of the evening, WDHD reported.
Hurley insinuated that she would therefore not know the woman if she agreed to be drunk.
But according to Mass.gov, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts explicitly acknowledges the lack of consent because of intoxication in cases of rape.
In such a case: "The prosecution must not only show poisoning, but 1) that the stunning did not allow the complainant to consent and 2) that the suspect knew or ought to have known that the condition did not allow the complainant to to agree."
In 2015 Squadrito was arrested for paying for sex in Chelsea, Massachusetts, but these charges were later withdrawn.
Uber has a long history of a toxic corporate culture, full of allegations of sexual misconduct and many reports of drivers attacking passengers.
In October, Fredrick Gaston (51), one of the company's drivers in Miami, admitted that what he told police good sex & # 39; was with an intoxicated 26-year-old woman whom he had picked up for a ride.
& # 39; He said that these are the advantages of being an Uber driver. You get a lot of p ** sy, & # 39; Special Victims Det. Michelle Farinas said, according to the Miami New Times.
Gaston is accused of sexual funeral battery and kidnapping. His next session date is January 10.
With these accusations against Gaston in Florida and Squadrito in Massachusetts, according to the CNN there are now at least 105 allegations of assault and mistreatment of Uber drivers in the past four years.
The next hearing in the case of Squadrito has been set for November 21.
With accusations against Fredrick Gaston in Florida and Squadrito in Massachusetts, there are now at least 105 allegations of assault and mistreatment of Uber drivers in the past four years, according to CNN