Wed. Dec 1st, 2021

A New South Wales man has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman after allegedly posing as her driver.

The 34-year-old is accused of picking up the woman near an authorized area in Wollongong early Saturday morning.

Detective, Inspector Jayson Joerdens said it would be alleged that the man convinced the woman to get into his car.

“He claimed to be a rideshare driver and said his app was broken,” he said.

“The woman got into the car and we would argue that the man at the time committed an indecent act against [her].

A policeman in his uniform addresses the media in front of Wollongong police station.
Jayson Joerdens urged anyone with information to come forward.(ABC Illawarra: Fatima Olumee)

Investigations underway

The man was arrested while driving with a female passenger in Wollongong around 9pm on Monday.

He was charged with sexually assaulting another person without consent and driving without a license.

Police are also investigating whether other women were contacted by the man that night and have appealed for information from the public.

“It is crucial that we know this immediately so that we can carry out our investigations,” said Detective Jørgens.

He also urged people to be careful when using rideshare apps.

“Make sure you check the driver, vehicle registration and driver based on the details on the app … share your ride with your friends.

“If you’re able to stay inside while you wait for your turn to come, please do so.”

The man received conditional bail to appear in Wollongong Local Court next month.


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