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Posted by: Kevin Martinez
An Uber driver from Georgia has been charged with raping a passenger after dropping her off at home.
John Kamens, 49, returned to the woman’s Athens house at midnight, broke in and attacked her in a terrifying assault.
The woman called police to tell them she had been attacked by her Uber driver, and authorities then tracked down and arrested Kamens.
Uber said Kamens was permanently banned from working for them again or using their service as a passenger, reported local station CBS 46.
In a statement, they called the attack "an appalling crime” and added: “Our thoughts are with the victim as she recovers from this horrific ordeal."
Local police said the disturbing attack highlighted the problem with not knowing who is driving cabs.
“Investigators were able to use information provided by the victim and follow up with Uber and were able to identify the offender,” Athens-Clarke County police Captain Mike Hunsinger said.
Uber said Kamens was permanently banned from working for them again or using their service as a passenger.
"There's certainly a cautionary tale that you should know who you're getting your transportation from.”
It was also revealed that Kamens is a full-time Athens-Clarke County employee, working as a customer service representative.
"Just shock. He's a long-term employee here, and he's been great for our department. So, we were all very surprised," said Solid Waste Director Suki Janssen.
Kamens was charged with aggravated sodomy with force and first-degree burglary.
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