Former Uber driver Alaric Spence Pleads Not Guilty to Rape of Passenger
Alaric Spence Faces 15 years to Life for Alleged Rape of Unconscious Passenger
LOS ANGELES, California (July 25, 2017) — Uber driver Alaric Spence, 46, plead not guilty Monday in court to three felony charges involving his alleged rape of an unconscious 24-year-old passenger after taking her to a North Hollywood motel.
The alleged rape took place on June 23rd. Spence is accused of picking up the intoxicated woman in downtown Los Angeles and instead of taking her home, he drove her to a North Hollywood motel where he reportedly carried her unconscious in his arms from his vehicle to a room. He is accused of raping her there and then leaving her. The woman awoke about 3 a.m. and didn’t know where she was or how she got there.
Alaric Spence Has Prior Drug-Related Convictions
The former Uber driver, who has prior drug-related convictions, faces a sentence of up to 15 years to life in state prison, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office. The charges against him are felony kidnapping to commit rape, rape of an unconscious person and rape by use of drugs.
Spence, who had been driving for Uber just six months, is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on August 21. He is currently being held on $1.1 million bail.
Uber Sexual Assault Victims
If you were sexually assaulted by an Uber, Lyft or taxi driver in California, it’s likely you have grounds for a lawsuit and may be eligible for compensation for the physical assault and emotional distress you have suffered. A sexual battery, rape or other unlawful conduct by a driver who works for a ride share or taxi company is a violation of your civil rights and may be punishable in both criminal and civil courts. A court may also award punitive damages to a victim who suffers from this sort of attack or abuse. The compassionate attorneys at Johnson Attorneys Group can help with a free consultation at 800-235-6801. Call us to find out what steps to take to resolve your case and ensure you get the medical help necessary for a full recovery.