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Uber driver charged arraigned on rape charges

April 1, 2019

BOSTON (AP) — An Uber driver charged with raping a passenger over the weekend, including once while his vehicle was in motion, has been held on $100,000 bail.

Daudah Mayanja, of Waltham, wept at his arraignment Monday where not guilty pleas to two counts of rape were entered.

State police say a woman reported that Mayanja sexually assaulted her in his vehicle at about 1:15 a.m. Saturday on Storrow Drive.

Prosecutors say he picked up the woman at a Somerville bar and used his hand to rape her once while the car was in motion and again when he pulled over.

Mayanja’s attorney says her client denies the charges.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement placed a detainer on Mayanja, who they say is a citizen of Uganda.

An Uber spokesman called the allegation “horrible.”