Uber driver wanted for sexually assaulting passenger turns himself in

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AKRON, Ohio -- An Uber driver accused of sexually assaulting a passenger in her home is now in police custody.

According to Akron police, Brandon Franklin, turned himself into the Summit County Jail.

His arraignment, originally scheduled for this morning, has been moved to Thursday morning.

According to police reports, 33-year-old Franklin, of Tallmadge, is being charged with one count of sexual battery.

On March 25, a 22-year-old woman had been drinking with friends and was intoxicated, reports state. A friend called Uber to get the woman a ride to her home in east Akron.

The victim said she woke up in her room and discovered the Uber driver was sexually assaulting her. The suspect fled from the house when the victim pushed him out of the room.

A warrant was then filed for Franklin.

*Editor's note: this script was updated at 12:35 p.m. on 4/12/17 to reflect the correct age of the victim. The police report originally stated she was 33; Akron police informed us she is 22 years old.**


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