Lyft Driver Found Guilty of Sexually Assaulting Passenger

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A Lyft driver from Lompoc was found guilty of sexually assaulting a female passenger from Nipomo. 

Jason Lamont Fenwick, 52, was arrested last November by San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Deputies for several charges including oral copulation with an intoxicated victim, sexual penetration with a foreign object with an intoxicated victim, and burglary.

The initial report states Fenwick picked up the victim who requested a ride through the Lyft driving service because she was too intoxicated to drive home. Fenwick drove the victim to her residence in Lompoc and due to her level of intoxication, he helped her inside where she became unconscious. Fenwick was accused of sexually assaulting the victim inside her home after she lost consciousness.

Jason Lamont Fenwick (Photo: San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office)

Fenwick pleaded not guilty and claimed the sexual acts were consensual.

The court found Fenwick not guilty for burglary with the intent to commit sexual assault, but he was found guilty of the intent to commit sexual assault and two counts of sexual assault of an intoxicated individual and illegally photographing the victim.

Fenwick could face a maximum sentence of 10 years in state prison. 

The victim has joined an ongoing civil lawsuit against Lyft claiming the company has failed to protect victims of sexual assault from their hired drivers.

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RHS Dec 08, 2019 10:08 AM
Lyft Driver Found Guilty of Sexually Assaulting Passenger

People, get this right. Uber and Lyft are trying to prosper on reducing the safety precautions that protect you from predatory acts such as this. Taxi drivers are licensed and checked for criminal records and driving safety. Uber and Lyft pretend that these drivers are "contractors" outside the scope of duty of their businesses. This is a "loophole" at best. Besides driving legitimate and licensed cab drivers out of business this scheming business model is threatening passenger safety all the time. Pay a little more and protect the community.

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