July 27, 2017

Uber driver rapes 14-year-old girl, deputies say

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Osceola County deputies have arrested an Uber driver accused of raping a 14-year-old girl Monday.

Deputies said the girl was picked up by David Pena-Melo, 27, after she used the Uber application to request a ride to take her from her boyfriend’s house to her aunt’s house on Monday around 3 a.m. Both addresses are in Kissimmee. Students fall ill after eating laced gummies at school, officials say

The victim sat in the back seat and Pena-Melo began telling her she was pretty and asking her personal questions about where she goes to school, her age and if she had a boyfriend, according to the arrest report.

The girl avoided the questions and instead texted her boyfriend. The report says that while at an intersection, Pena-Melo told the girl to move to the front seat, which she did. Deputies said Pena-Melo sexually battered the girl. She told him to stop several times, but he was "forceful and persistent," according to the affidavit.

Pena-Melo then drove the girl past her requested destination and parked near a wooded area, where deputies said he forced her to perform a sexual act. He then drove her to her requested address.

Deputies said they […]

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