Grand jury takes action on Uber driver accused of sexual assault

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Charges against a former Uber driver charged with sexually assaulting a passenger in north Houston in December were dropped Friday, his lawyer said.

Qahtan Ghassan Talib, 35, was accused of groping an intoxicated woman as he took her home. A Harris County grand jury declined to indict him.

A grand jury’s refusal to indict is a procedural safeguard that means there was not enough evidence to proceed on a criminal case.

Talib’s attorney, Brent Mayr, said it showed that the driver was falsely accused.

“We’re very pleased as we have maintained all along that he is innocent,” Mayr said. “One-hundred percent innocent, and we’re glad that the grand jury saw it that way.”

Mayr said Talib has not been able to work while out on bail, and has no plans to drive again for the popular ride-sharing app.

“He’s kind of devastated by all this,” he said. “He’s pretty shaken up.”


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