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Former Uber driver to stand trial in sexual assault of UC Riverside student

By in Press Enterprise on October 11, 2017

By City News Service

A former Uber driver accused of sexually assaulting a female UC Riverside student in his vehicle must stand trial on multiple felony charges, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Jamaal Andrew Lee, 41, of Moreno Valley, was arrested in May following an investigation by the UCR and Riverside police departments.

Evidence presented during a preliminary hearing at the Riverside Hall of Justice was sufficient to warrant a trial on charges of false imprisonment, assault with intent to commit rape and forced oral copulation, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Peter Spinetta determined.

He scheduled a post-preliminary hearing arraignment for Oct. 24 and did not change Lee’s bond requirement. The defendant is free on $55,000 bail.

The alleged assault occurred in the predawn hours of May 14.

According to police, Lee responded to a ride request via Uber at an unspecified location in east Riverside.

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The defendant retrieved the student, whose name was not released, and drove her to an apartment complex in the 1000 block of Linden Street on the north edge of campus, where he held her against her will and assaulted her in his car, investigators alleged.

The woman was let out of the car and later called 911, according to police.

Lee was not identified until almost a week afterward, when a warrant was issued for his arrest, records showed. He turned himself in May 24 and posted bail immediately after being taken into custody.

The defendant has no documented prior felony convictions.

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