Uber driver rapes 14-year-old girl, deputies say

Deputies: Man, 27, arrested for sexual battery


KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Osceola County deputies have arrested an Uber driver accused of raping a 14-year-old girl Monday.

Deputies said the girl was picked up by David Pena-Melo, 27, after she used the Uber application to request a ride to take her from her boyfriend's house to her aunt's house on Monday around 3 a.m. Both addresses are in Kissimmee.

The victim sat in the back seat and Pena-Melo began telling her she was pretty and asking her personal questions about where she goes to school, her age and if she had a boyfriend, according to the arrest report.

The girl avoided the questions and instead texted her boyfriend. The report says that while at an intersection, Pena-Melo told the girl to move to the front seat, which she did. Deputies said Pena-Melo sexually battered the girl. She told him to stop several times, but he was "forceful and persistent," according to the affidavit.

Pena-Melo then drove the girl past her requested destination and parked near a wooded area, where deputies said he forced her to perform a sexual act. He then drove her to her requested address.

Deputies said they received the report of the sexual battery Wednesday. The victim provided deputies with a description matching that of Pena-Melo and his Toyota Camry, as well as the license plate number.

Authorities used that license plate number to track the car to an apartment on Bonita Circle in Kissimmee.

The suspect's wife originally told deputies Pena-Melo was in Boston caring for his sick mother, but when deputies told her that they were investigating a crime that occurred in her car, she became "extremely cooperative" and gave them consent to search the vehicle, the report said.

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