Last week a Clarke County Superior Court Judge reduced an Uber driver’s bond by half.
According to Joe Johnson with the Athens Banner-Herald, the driver was arrested in January for allegedly burglarizing the home of an Athens customer and then forcibly sodomizing her.
John M. Kamens, 49, as of Monday had not yet posted the bond that was reduced on Friday from $20,000 to $10,000. Kamens remained at the Clarke County Jail, charged with first-degree burglary and aggravated sodomy with force.
“Kamens was arrested Jan. 6, and a week later Chief Judge David Sweat set his bond at $20,000,” the article reads. “A motion requesting a bond reduction was filed March 16. Sweat granted the motion during a hearing on Thursday.”
To passengers, Uber is essentially synonymous with taxis, and to drivers, it’s basically a referral service.
The Android, iOS and Windows Phone app connects riders with drivers using their phone’s GPS capabilities, according to an article by Time. Letting both parties know one another’s location and removing the question of when the ride will actually arrive. In addition, the tech company also processes all payments involved, charging the passenger’s credit card, taking a 5-20 percent cut for itself and direct depositing the remaining money into the driver’s account, all in the background and completely cashless.
Uber does require that its drivers pass a DMV and background check. They also must have their own car and it must be insured.
Kamens had been employed as a customer service representative for the Athens-Clarke County Solid Waste Department at the time of the assault, according to the ABH. He was fired following his arrest.
While employed by the county, Kamens had worked evening hours for Uber.
Athens-Clarke County police told the ABH Kamens was arrested based on a complaint by a 28-year-old Athens woman.
“The woman said that on the night of Dec. 14, after Kamens drove her home from downtown Athens, the Uber driver entered her residence uninvited and sexually assaulted her,” the article reads. “Kamens was arrested following an investigation by detectives with the Athens-Clarke County Police Department’s Sex Crimes Unit.”
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