Lyft driver arrested, charged with sexual assault of a minor

A 38-year-old rideshare driver faces charges of sexual assault of a minor after being accused of assaulting a 13-year-old rider in May.

Shengfu Wu, 38, was working for Lyft when he allegedly picked up a 13-year-old girl as a passenger and sexually assaulted her in the early hours of May 13, according to a news release from the Aurora Police Department. The girl told police she was sexually assaulted soon after the ride and Wu was arrested the next day, according to the release.

He has been charged in Arapahoe County District Court with a class four felony, which is punishable by up to six years in prison. His attorneys were not immediately available to comment. He has been released on a $50,000 bond.

Lyft requires passengers to be 18 or older to sign up for an account and states that drivers may cancel trips if a passenger is under 18 years of age, and may ask riders to confirm their age. Lyft did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Aurora police believe there may be others who had unwanted sexual contact from Wu and asks possible victims to contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.

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