Swiss au pair who accused Uber driver of groping her drops charges

Uber driver accused of assaulting Swiss au pair in Galleria area

HOUSTON – The Swiss au pair who accused an Uber driver of trying to kiss and grope her dropped the charges Wednesday, according to Houston police.

Police said the woman claims she wanted to warn people and not “get the guy in trouble.”

Houston police said the incident happened when the Uber driver dropped her off at her Galleria-area home.

The woman who recently moved to the United States to work as a live-in nanny says it happened May 1. She says the driver got out to help her with her luggage and then tried to kiss her and groped her.

This latest accusation of a crime by a Houston Uber driver comes as the company is threatening to leave the city over its fingerprint background check requirement.

Uber maintains it takes safety very seriously.

We found Houston Uber manager Sarfraz Maredia at meeting of the Harris County Young Democrats and asked him about the most recent allegations of assault by an Uber driver.

"Anytime that happens we investigate, we suspend the driver's access to the platform and we follow up with a full investigation that's always our policy,"said Houston Uber manager Sarfraz Maredia.

An Uber spokesperson tells us they have made contact with the driver and have also reached  out to the au pair, but have not heard back from her. 

Uber spokeswoman Debbee Hancock told Channel 2 News the driver did pass a City of Houston fingerprint background check. 

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