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Uber driver arrested for sexual assault

Woman says she was attacked Sunday before being taken home to Don Mills area

An Uber driver was arrested on Feb. 12 after a female passenger was sexually assaulted on Sunday.

The woman was sexually assaulted by an Uber driver Sunday around two a.m., police said.

The woman had ordered an Uber ride to take her home to Don Mills Road near Lawrence Avenue East, but she wasn’t taken home directly.

“The driver stopped the vehicle in a secluded area on Leslie Street and Highway 401,” Const. Jenifferjit Sidhu said. “He got into the backseat and the woman was sexually assaulted.”

The woman fought off the driver and he stopped and drove her home as planned, according to the police news release. She called police from home.

Mirwais (Mir) Shukoori, 26, of Toronto faces one count of sexual assault.

Shukoori was scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 13 at 10 a.m.

In recent months, an increasing number of Uber drivers have been accused of sexually assaulting passengers.

The website Who’s Driving You? lists sexual assault accusations made by passengers of Uber and Lyft drivers across Canada and the U.S.

Uber does not require drivers to have criminal record checks before becoming employees, unlike taxi companies that put drivers though in-depth checks.