Lyft driver charged with sexually abusing woman during ride to Davis County

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DAVIS COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 News) – A Lyft driver has been charged with sexually abusing a woman he was driving to Davis County last year.

According to charging documents filed Wednesday, Eduarto Arce-Aguilar, 37, was charged with two second-degree felony counts of forcible sexual abuse for the incident that occurred on September 23, 2018.

A woman reported she requested a ride from Salt Lake City to her home in Davis County. On the way, the driver pulled his car over and directed the woman to get into the front seat, documents state.

The woman said she complied and moved to the front seat when Arce-Aguilar grabbed her hand and put it on his genitals. The woman pulled her hand away, according to documents.

According to the woman, Arce-Aguilar then opened his pants and again grabbed the woman’s hand and placed it on his genitals over his underwear, documents state.

The woman told police she was very frightened as this was happening.

Detectives received records from Lyft confirming that Arce-Aguilar was the driver of the car that picked up the woman and assaulted her.

A warrant for Arce-Aguilar’s arrest was issued on Wednesday. A background check for Arce-Aguilar shows no other criminal history in Utah.

A spokesperson for Lyft said safety is fundamental to their company and the incident described is incredibly disturbing to them.

“As soon as we became aware of these allegations, we permanently removed the driver from the Lyft community. We have been in touch with the rider and will continue to assist law enforcement in any way we can.”

Lyft further stated they continuously invest in new products, policies and features to further strengthen Lyft as they strive to keep riders safe on their platform.

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