Uber driver accused of sexually abusing a female passenger gets probation

Faith Nkereuwem | CPD

A former rideshare driver who faced allegations of sexually abusing a female passenger on the North Side has been sentenced to probation, according to court records.

Faith Nkereuwem, 38, pleaded guilty to one count of criminal sexual abuse by force and received the two-year probation sentence from Judge Ursula Walowski. Prosecutors dropped five other felonies in the plea deal.

A 19-year-old college sophomore hailed an Uber to take her from downtown to her Rogers Park home on October 16, 2020. Almost as soon as she got into the car’s back seat, her driver began making inappropriate comments about her beauty, Assistant State’s Attorney Kevin Deboni said during a bail hearing for Nkereuwem last April.

At one point, the driver told her he prefers women of her height and weight because he can “pick her up and destroy her,” according to Deboni.

As the car traveled north on Lake Shore Drive, the man began touching the woman, then he pulled over at Hollywood and Sheridan and tried to hug, kiss, and get into the back seat with the woman, Deboni alleged.

She started posting the incident on Snapchat, including when the driver asked her to remove her COVID mask so he could see how beautiful she is, Deboni continued.

The driver eventually took her home, where he allegedly grabbed her breast over her clothes. A friend of the woman met her outside because she had texted him for help because her Uber driver was trying to have sex with her, according to Deboni.

Nkereuwem’s defense attorney during the bail hearing said he had no criminal background and owned a restaurant that had recently been damaged in a fire, so Nkereuwem was driving Uber to make ends meet. He said Nkereuwem was married and had three children and three foster children.

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