Uber Driver Charged With Sexually Assaulting Passenger

An Uber driver was charged today with raping a female passenger in a motel while she was unconscious, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Alaric Spence (dob 9/17/70) was charged in case BA458608 with three felony counts: kidnapping to commit rape, rape of an unconscious person and rape by use of drugs.

The defendant is scheduled to be arraigned today in Department 30 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center. Prosecutors are asking that bail be set at $1.1 million.

District Attorney Reinhold Mueller of the Sex Crimes Division is prosecuting the case.

On June 23, Spence is accused of picking up a 24-year-old woman in downtown Los Angeles. The defendant then allegedly drove the victim to a motel in North Hollywood where he raped her, the prosecutor said.

The victim was intoxicated and unconscious at the time of the sexual assault, the prosecutor added.

When the woman woke up, she reported what happened to police. Spence was arrested a short time later.

If convicted as charged, Spence faces a possible maximum sentence of 15 years to life in state prison.

The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department’s Robbery-Homicide Division.

Los Angeles County District Attorney / case BA458608 / June 27, 2017

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