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Uber driver wouldn’t stop touching her breasts because ‘I am just a man,’ cops say

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A 44-year-old Uber driver, who also is listed as a Lyft driver, faces a sexual battery charge after he refused to stop touching a customer’s breasts, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office reports.

Deputies said the battery happened in June but Juan Carlos Nunez-Sarmiento was arrested Aug. 16.

According to the arrest report, the victim told Nunez-Sarmiento several times to stop touching her breasts, but he refused.

Eventually he pulled over and began touching her all over her body, at which time the victim told deputies she fled in fear that she was about to be raped.

Deputies say Nunez-Sarmiento admitted to touching the woman after she told him to stop, but claims he only touched her arm and her leg. When asked why he continued to touch her against her will, deputies say Nunez-Sarmiento said, “I am just a man.”

He was booked into the Pasco County jail, where he remained Monday on a felony battery charge.

Breaking News/Real Time Reporter Mark Young began his career in 1996 and has been with the Bradenton Herald since 2014. He has won more than a dozen awards over the years, including the coveted Lucy Morgan Award for In-Depth Reporting from the Florida Press Club and for beat reporting from the Society for Professional Journalists to name a few. His reporting experience is as diverse as the communities he covers.
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