Iowa City Uber driver accused of sexual assault during ride

Ali Alsheik, charged with third-degree sexual abuse. (Johnson County Jail)

An Iowa City man who drove for Uber has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a woman he picked up last fall.

A criminal complaint says 37-year-old Ali Alsheik picked up the victim from downtown on Oct. 7, 2017 in order to take her to her home, which was about eight minutes away. The victim sat in the front passenger seat. Police say Alsheik drove on an indirect route to the victim's home and made stops along the way. The ride went on for 29 minutes when Alsheik forcefully sexually assaulted the victim against her will.

Within hours of the assault, the victim was examined at a hospital and a sexual assault kit was completed.

When police found Alsheik and questioned him, he denied that any sexual contact happened and said the victim was the one making the sexual advances. DNA gathered from Alsheik matched the DNA found on the rape kit. A mixture of the victim's DNA and Alsheik's DNA was also found on the front passenger seat of his car.

Uber tells CBS2/FOX28 that Alsheik's access from the Uber app was permanently removed when the company learned of the allegations and the company has cooperated with police during the investigation.

Alsheik is charged with third-degree sexual abuse and has since bonded out of jail. If convicted, he faces up to ten years in prison.

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