Uber sued for millions after driver assaulted VB girl

Uber driver guilty of assaulting 13-year-old

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- The popular ride-sharing provider Uber faces a multi-million dollar lawsuit after one of its drivers assaulted a teenager.

Uber and Isagani Marin, the driver, are listed as defendants in a civil suit filed June 3 by the mother of a 13-year-old girl.

On April 27, 2015, Marin pleaded guilty to assault and battery of the teen, named in the lawsuit as "Child Doe."

Leading up to the assault on November 7, 2014, the girl regularly used Uber, a smartphone based app, to get to and from her middle school, according to the complaint.

In many of these transactions Uber had assigned Marin to pick her up, despite the girl's request for a different driver.

Over the course of multiple trips, the lawsuit details a series of unwanted advances. In one alleged encounter Marin asked the girl, "Can I buy you panties for your birthday?"

The day of his arrest, Marin allegedly reached back and rubbed the child's inner thigh while asking her if the girl's mom was home, according to the complaint.

The civil complaint lists Marin's criminal history, which includes a reckless driving conviction from 2002.

The plaintiff's attorney, Jake Denton, claims in the lawsuit that Uber should be held accountable for not properly screening Marin. And the complaint says "Uber either knew or should have known Marin's propensity to make unwelcome sexual advances."

A spokesperson for Uber told 13News Now, "We are extremely troubled by these allegations and have cooperated fully with law enforcement."

At his home, Marin told 13News Now's Eric Kane he would not comment, and directed questions to his public defender.

Marin was sentenced to 6 months in jail, with all time suspended on the condition of one year of good behavior.

The plaintiffs seek $2 million in compensatory damages and $350,000 in punitive damages.


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