New Lyft Pedophile Story Emerges – (Lyft Sexual Assaults)

New Lyft Pedophile Story Emerges – (Lyft Sexual Assaults)
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San Jose Police Arrest Lyft Driver Who Solicited 13 Year Old

We have long complained about the lack of background checks and screening rideshare companies perform. Recent lawsuits against Uber and Lyft suggest that rideshare companies do little to screen drivers or investigate complaints of sexual assaults by drivers. We think that their lax due diligence actually attracts these criminals to become rideshare drivers. A recent arrest in San Jose confirms our fears.

Earlier this month, police say a 50 year old Lyft driver was arrested after alleging soliciting an undercover police officer posing as a 13 year old boy. The solicitation took place on the Grindr dating app. Kevin “Donovan” Snyder was arrested for arranging to meet a minor for lewd purposes and sending harmful images to a minor. Police say as to the latter charge that Snyder sent pictures of his genitals and a video of him masturbating.

The San Jose police say the undercover officer told Snyder he was 13 yet Snyder continued to solicit to engage in sexual activity.

What concerns us is that Snyder allegedly told the person he thought was a young teen that he drove for Lyft and that he would pick up the boy while working for Lyft to “avoid suspicion.”

An additional concern is a lack of media attention to this story. But for the San Jose Mercury News, this story received no media attention. Uber has already admitted that approximately 3000 people are sexually assaulted or report being the victim of unwanted sexual contact each year while riding in an Uber. Lyft won’t even release their own statistics. [And these are “reported” assaults, in our experience most sexual assaults aren’t reported.]

The public needs to know that Lyft and Uber employ sexual predators. Public pressure is the best way to force these companies to better protect passengers.

Are Uber and Lyft Safe?

The statistics released by Uber suggest that Uber and other rideshare companies are not safe. That is a shame because these companies offer a valuable and economical service relied upon by millions of people around the world.

Obviously, most drivers are conscientious people simply trying to make a living. We have enjoyed the privilege of representing thousands of Uber drivers in several class action complaints the company.

The high turnover typical of rideshare drivers means that companies like Uber and Lyft don’t want to invest in better background checks, screening and investigation of complaints. That means both the riding public and good drivers suffer because of a few bad apples.

There are many things that rideshare companies can do to make their rides safer.

Our suggestions? First, background checks using fingerprints. You can’t change your fingerprints but it is easy to use a phony ID to pass a background check that relies on a simple check of online records.

Second, rideshare companies need to conduct face to face interviews and have better supervision. It’s amazing that many drivers were hired without an interview and without ever meeting with someone from the company. Technology is wonderful but nothing replaces face to face contact.

Speaking of technology, it is easy to incorporate cameras into the cars and use technology to alert the company when a driver goes off the route or stops somewhere other than the passenger’s requested destination.

When a complaint is made, better investigation needs to happen. Right now, we don’t believe law enforcement is told when there is a complaint of sexual assault, rape or abuse. And riders aren’t warned that drivers were the subject of previous complaints.

What can you do? Passengers who were the victims of assault or harassment should immediately report these crimes to police. Unfortunately, we don’t believe that companies like Uber and Lyft are doing enough to make riders safe. The best way to get to the bottom of a sexual assault complaint is to allow the police to investigate.

The public relies on Uber and Lyft for efficient, reliable and safe transportation. Despite the promises of safety by these giant companies, we believe they are havens for predators and pedophiles

Were you assaulted in a Lyft?

Whether in a Lyft, Uber or other rideshare service vehicle, if assaulted call the police first and get any emergency treatment that may be needed. And then call us. Our nationwide network of experienced sexual assault lawyers represents victims of sexual assault. Taking on a giant multi-billion-dollar company like Uber is no easy task but we are up to the challenge.

We have your back and are ready to get justice. The police and criminal courts can ensure animals that prey on women, kids and those who may be under the influence are off our streets. Our job is to secure compensation for your injuries – including emotional damages and lost wages – and to use the civil justice system to force companies like Lyft to do a better job at screening and supervising drivers.

Rideshare companies claim that drivers are independent contractors and that they are simply a technology company that offers an app to match drivers with passengers. Baloney. The best way to clean up Uber and Lyft’s lack of supervision and poor screening is to force them to pay and to expose their lack of caring for the safety of passengers. Together we can make Uber and Lyft safe for other riders.

For more information, visit our sexual assault victim and Uber Lyft sexual assault pages. Ready to see if you have a case? Contact us online, by email [hidden email] or by phone at 877.858.8018. All inquiries are kept strictly confidential.

Who Are We?

Attorney Brian Mahany is a former police officer and prosecutor. He spent years in the public sector protecting the rights of sexual assault victims. He is also a former director of the nonprofit Family Violence Project. Now as a practicing lawyer, he and his law firm and their national network put their decades of experience to work nationally to defend the rights of sexual assault victims.

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