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Uber driver arrested on charges of sexual assault in Virginia, police say

Kal Y. Hartemariam
Kal Y. Hartemariam (Loudoun County Police)

A Virginia Uber driver was arrested after allegedly sexually assaulting a passenger last week, police said Thursday.

On Dec. 27, a woman reported she was sexually assaulted by an Uber driver after she was picked up in Herndon at around 1:30 a.m., Loudoun County Police said in a statement.

While on the way to a residence in Sterling, the driver stopped the vehicle in the area of Rutherford Circle and got into the backseat where he sexually assualted the woman, according to the statement.

The driver, who was identified as 44-year-old Kal Y. Hartemariam of Sterling, was charged with aggravated sexual battery and forcible sodomy, and was held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center without bond, police said.