Uber driver accused of raping 14-year-old girl

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A 14-year-old girl was sexually battered by an Uber driver, deputies said. (KTRK)

A 14-year-old girl was sexually battered by an Uber driver, deputies said.

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The Osceola County Sheriff's Office said the girl requested an Uber driver to pick her up Wednesday. The driver, David Pena-Melo, picked up the girl and asked her to sit in the front seat, deputies said.

The girl told deputies that Pena-Melo began to make sexual advances during the ride and then drove past the requested destination.

Pena-Melo pulled over on the side of a road near a wooded area and forced the girl to perform a sex act, deputies said.

Detectives said they met with Pena-Melo on Thursday and arrested him on a charge of sexual battery on a person older than 12, but younger than 18.
WESH reports that an Uber spokesperson issued the following statement:

"We are appalled by what's been reported, and our thoughts are with the family. This driver has been banned from Uber."

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