Uber driver accused of sexually assaulting female passenger in her Akron area home

AKRON, OH (WOIO) - Uber is a $66 billion company, but its bottom line doesn't necessarily protect its patrons from a rogue driver. If what one Akron woman says is true, it spells trouble for the ride sharing service.

"A young lady, 22 years old, was out with some friends and apparently had been drinking throughout the day," said Akron police Capt. Daniel Zampelli.

Zampelli said she was too intoxicated to drive, so her friends called an Uber driver to take her home in East Akron.

"From what she recalls, she awoke, found that she was in her room and that he was sexually assaulting her," Zampelli said.

Akron police said the driver, Brandon Franklin, turned himself into the Summit County Jail on Wednesday morning. He has been charged with one count of sexual battery.

"She was able to get him out of her room and then eventually went to the hospital to be examined," said Zampelli. "That's when the police department was called."

She did exactly what experts suggest, getting checked out and reporting it.

Once Franklin, 33, of Tallmadge, heard the police were looking for him, he surrendered. He is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday morning in Akron.

According to the Uber website, patrons are blindly matched with the closest driver, and will be able to see their name, license plate number, photo, and rating.

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