Chicago Uber driver gets probation for sexually abusing female passenger in 2019

A Chicago man who prosecutors said had a history of being sexually inappropriate with women he picked up while working as an Uber driver has been sentenced to probation for one such incident that resulted in criminal charges.

Sargon Nano, 39, pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse in exchange for the 30-month sentence from Judge William Gamboney, according to court records. Gamboney also sentenced him to six months in jail, which was satisfied by the time Nano spent on electronic monitoring while the case was pending.

Sargon Nano | Chicago Police Department

Nano entered his plea in December, more than three years after prosecutors filed charges against him and more than four years after the alleged crime.

Prosecutors said Nano picked up a 29-year-old woman and her sister in September 2018. He drove the sister to Old Town, then continued driving the 29-year-old to a second destination. But he turned off the Uber app and told the woman he would not continue the trip unless she moved into the front seat.

After she complied, Nano repeatedly touched the woman, placed the woman’s hand on his genitals, and touched her breasts over her clothes while kissing her, according to prosecutors. 

Police tracked Nano down through phone records and Uber’s tracking information.

The Sun-Times reported in 2019 that prosecutors said Uber had received “multiple” complaints from other customers about Nano’s “sexually inappropriate behavior.” Uber banned him from driving for the company after receiving a complaint from the victim in the criminal case, the paper reported.

Court records show Nano must register as a sex offender, submit a DNA sample to law enforcement, and complete treatment recommendations. Judge Gamboney also entered a no-contact order that requires him to stay away from the victim until May 30, 2025.

Prosecutors dropped eleven felony charges in their plea deal with Nano, including two counts of kidnapping and seven counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

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