Denver Uber driver accused of sexually assaulting passenger on Halloween night

Driver gave passenger his personal phone number

DENVER - A Denver Uber driver is now in custody after allegedly sexually assaulting one of his passengers on Halloween night. 

Luis Galeano-Bedon, 43, is accused of sexually assaulting a 24-year-old woman after she and a friend requested a ride through the Uber app following a Halloween party in lower downtown. 

The driver reportedly gave them his personal cell phone number and told them to call when they were ready to return to their hotel. Once they were picked up, Bedon allegedly sexually assaulted one of the women on the way back, according to Denver District Attorney's Office spokeswoman Lynn Kimborough. 

Matt McKenna, head of communication of Uber in North America, sent Denver7 the following information regarding their rigorous screening process they put potential drivers through: 

People wanting to sign up with Uber as a driver-partner are required to provide detailed information, including their full name, date of birth, social security number, driver’s license number, a copy of their driver’s license, vehicle registration, insurance, and proof of a completed vehicle inspection.  With the potential driver’s approval, Accurate and/or Checkr then look into his or her background.  They run a social security trace to identify addresses associated with the potential driver’s name during the past seven years, and then a criminal background check to search for his or her name and addresses in a series of national, state and local databases for convictions in the last seven years. These include the National Sex Offender Registry, National Criminal Search and several different databases used to flag suspected terrorists.  Upon identifying a potential criminal record, the background check provider sends someone to review the record in-person at the relevant courthouse or, if possible, pulls the record digitally.  Verifying potential criminal records at the source—the courthouse records—helps ensure the records match the identity of the potential driver and that any arrest resulted in a conviction.

These background checks also pull the Motor Vehicle Registration (MVR) file associated with the license number provided.  The MVR is not always included as a standard part of criminal background checks.  But Uber believes it is important for screening driver-partners because it includes information about how many speeding or other moving violations an individual has received.

The purpose of running these background checks is to identify offenses and other information that may disqualify potential driver-partners from using Uber.  The following chart explains the criteria applied when reviewing a potential driver’s background—this is not an exhaustive or detailed list, but covers the primary criteria that lead to disqualification.

Bedon has been charged with two counts of sexual assault - victim incapable. His bond has been set at $50,000. 

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