An Everett man was ordered held in lieu of $10,000 bail after he was charged with raping a rider in his ride-share car early Tuesday, Boston Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney's office report.
Boston Police say Michael Squadrito, 40, picked up a woman in downtown Boston for what she thought would be a ride home. Instead, police say, he "drove to a location in Dorchester where he sexually assaulted the victim."
According to the DA's office:
Squadrito was driving for Uber early Tuesday morning when he picked up the victim, a woman in her 20s, near Faneuil Hall in Boston. The victim reported that, instead of taking her home, he parked at an unknown location and sexually assaulted her in the vehicle. The victim fled the vehicle, called a family member to disclose the assault, and admitted herself to Brigham & Women’s Hospital, where Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit detectives responded to interview her. The victim was able to provide investigators with her phone, which identified Squadrito as her driver through the Uber app. In an interview with Boston Police, Squadrito allegedly stated that the sexual contact was consensual and that data from a dashboard camera would support that claim; a memory card he provided did not provide any such data or support.
Squadrito was arraigned in Dorchester Municipal Court.