Published: Tue, March 20, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Ride-share driver faces rape charge

Ride-share driver faces rape charge

Ranjan Thapa pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Monday.

An Everett man is facing sexual assault charges after police say he was working for a ride share company when he attacked a woman.

Thapa is expected to be arraigned Monday in Roxbury District Court.

Officers later charged Thapa with rape after the accuser was taken to hospital and it appeared she had in fact been raped.

The police also interviewed the woman on Sunday afternoon, according to CBS Boston, who in the police report told officials that she had been drinking all day and did not remember what happened, and also was not the person who ordered the Uber.

"He further stated that at some point the victim did put her feet up on the dashboard, pulled down her trousers, and urinated on his front passenger seat", the report said. He told police they had intercourse twice, once on the driver's seat and again on the front passenger seat, according to the report.

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The incident unfolded in the early morning hours Sunday when two patrol officers with the Northeastern University Police Department noticed "some suspicious activity in a parked car" in the South End neighborhood, John O'Neill, a spokesman for Northeastern University, said in a statement.

Raisler Cohn said his client insists he had a "totally consensual encounter" with the woman.

The woman was taken to the hospital and after an investigation, police arrested Thapa.

Uber released a statement, saying: 'What police describe is deeply troubling. Additionally, when law enforcement is involved, we will cooperate with their investigation in accordance with our Law Enforcement Guidelines.

A man who identified himself as Thapa's brother-in-law declined to discuss the case before the hearing started.

Thapa is due back in court April 17.

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