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Florida Uber Driver Arrested After Sexually Assaulting 14-Year-Old Passenger: Police

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    Central Florida authorities held a press conference after an Uber driver was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl using the ride-sharing app. (Published Friday, May 12, 2017)

    A Florida Uber driver is behind bars after allegedly sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl using the ride-sharing service, according to the Osceola County Sheriff's Office.

    Deputies said a 27-year-old driver, David Pena-Melo, picked the girl up from a location in Kissimmee on May 8 and made her sit in the front seat of the car. Then, he began to make sexual advances toward the minor.

    Police said Pena-Melo drove past the girl’s requested destination and stopped at a nearby wooded area, where he forced her to perform a sex act. After allegedly sexually battering her, the driver then dropped the girl off at her destination.

    Pena-Melo was arrested on charges of sexual battery on a person older than 12 years of age but younger than 18 years of age on May 11. He has been booked into the Osceola County Jail.