Trial moved to February for IC Uber driver accused of sexually assaulting passenger
Trial for an Iowa City Uber driver accused of sexually assaulting a female passenger has been reset for February.
Defense attorney Leon Spies had sought the delay last month, filing a motion for a continuance and waiving the right to a speedy trial for his client, Ali Alsheik, 38, of Westwinds Drive. On Tuesday, when trial had initially been set to start, Judge Chad Kepros officially granted that order for continuance, resetting trial for Feb. 5.
Police say Alsheik picked up the woman in downtown Iowa City last Oct. 7, with a planned route to take her to her home on Grant Street, approximately an eight-minute drive. However, according to police, Uber records show he drove the woman around town for 29 minutes before dropping her off at home.
During that time, Alsheik is accused of sexually assaulting the woman, who went to the hospital that day for an examination. Police say DNA samples show Alsheik’s DNA mixed with the victim’s in his car, on Alsheik and in the victim’s sexual assault kit.
Alsheik, per an arrest report, told police there was no sexual contact between them but he had to fight off her sexual advances toward him.
He stands charged with one count of 3rd Degree Sexual Abuse. If convicted on that charge, he could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.