Uber driver accused of sexually assaulting female passenger appears in court

Brandon Franklin (Source: Akron Police)
Brandon Franklin (Source: Akron Police)

AKRON, OH (WOIO) - Brandon Franklin, the man accused of sexually assaulting a female passenger, appeared at Akron Municipal Court for arraignment on Thursday morning.

The 33-year-old Uber driver is accused of sexually assaulting an intoxicated 22-year-old female passenger at her home. Akron police said the woman was drinking with her friends on March 25. Her friend called the ridesharing service to take the victim to her home in East Akron. The next thing the victim remembers is waking up in her room with Franklin sexually assaulting her.

Franklin, of Tallmadge, turned himself into Summit County Jail on Wednesday morning after learning that police were looking for him. He has been charged with one count of sexual battery.

Franklin pleaded not guilty. His bond was set at $50,000.

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