4-RIDE driver exonerated of abuse charges

A female student has dropped her claim that a 4-RIDE driver groped her genitals, University Police Chief Dolores Stafford said Friday.

After taking statements from the driver and several other passengers who were in the vehicle last Sunday when the alleged incident occurred, UPD concluded that the 4-RIDE driver did not abuse the student, Stafford said. Upon being informed about the results of the investigation, the student formally withdrew her complaint.

The student, who has been referred to Student Judicial Services for disciplinary action, could also face criminal charges because she filed a report with Metropolitan Police, said Stafford, adding that she would inform MPD of the results of the investigation Monday.

It’s “not very common” for a student to file a false police report with UPD, said Stafford, who was unsure why the student claimed the driver abused her.

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