CHICAGO (CBS) — A Lyft driver has been charged with fondling a teenage girl, after she accused him of trying to have sex with her while driving her home to Lyons in October.
Anthony Vicari, 40, has been charged with one count of battery, a misdemeanor. Police said prosecutors rejected felony sexual harassment charges, because the victim was not under 17 years old.READ MORE: 16-Year-Old Girl Charged In March Carjacking Of Rideshare Driver
Police said Vicari was driving for Lyft on Oct. 12, when he picked up a 17-year-old girl at her friend’s house in Worth, and drove her to her home in Lyons.READ MORE: State, Local Health Departments Pausing Use Of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Amid CDC, FDA Review
The next day, the girl’s mother brought her to the Lyons police station, and accused Vicari of sexually harassing the girl.
Police said the girl accused Vicari of making repeated sexual advances, and asking her to go to a motel with him. When he would stop at red lights, he would grope her thigh and leg, and ask her about performing sex.MORE NEWS: Watch The Derek Chauvin Trial Live
Police said they questioned Vicari on Dec. 17, after identifying him as the Lyft driver, and he admitted touching the girl’s legs, claiming he was recently divorced and “was troubled.”