Another Uber driver has been accused of raping a female passenger.
This story comes from South Carolina, where 39-year-old Patrick Aiello has been charged with kidnapping and first-degree sexual assault. He’s been denied bail.
According to police, Aiello drove a woman and her male companion to the latter’s Charleston home. The woman reportedly exited Aiello’s car, but changed her mind and decided she didn’t want to walk home by herself. Police say the woman asked Aiello if he could take her a few more blocks.
Aiello complied, but instead of driving the woman to her home, he allegedly drove to a secluded area just off a highway.
The affidavit claims that Aiello demanded sexual favors, and when the woman declined and asked to get out of the car, he attacked and sexually assaulted her.
It gets worse. As the woman was attempting to flag down help on the highway, she was hit by a car.
Aiello hasn’t denied engaging in sex acts with the woman, but police are calling it “forcible rape”.
From the Post and Courier:
Aiello was arrested just after 6 p.m. Monday at the Charleston Police Department. The arrest affidavit states that he admitted to offering the woman a ride when she was “too drunk,” and said he pulled off Savannah Highway, kissed her, performed oral sex on her and then kicked her out.
Investigators wrote in the affidavit that the woman was having trouble immediately recalling details of the assault but remembers being attacked and Aiello on top of her. The police incident report labeled the crime as “forcible rape.”
According to WCIV, Aiello is a sixth grade social studies teacher in the area.
Earlier this month, it was found that an Uber driver accused of rape had a criminal record and used a phony permit to obtain a license.