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Uber driver charged with raping passenger

May 8, 2019

WRENTHAM, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts woman told police her Uber driver raped her, but his attorney says his client has been falsely accused.

Police say 33-year-old Melvin Guerrero-Encarna, of Lynn, raped the woman in his car in Wrentham after picking her up on April 28.

The Sun Chronicle reports defense lawyer Robert Carmel-Montes said at Tuesday’s arraignment the encounter was consensual.

A police report says the woman left a party in Franklin and told her Uber driver she was intoxicated.

After arriving at a friend’s house, the woman told her friend she thought she had sex with her driver.

The report says she was bruised and complained of back pain.

Carmel-Montes says the woman was “lucid” during a conversation with his client.

Guerrero-Encarna pleaded not guilty and was held without bail.