A MetroAccess driver was arrested yesterday and charged with first-degree sexual assault after allegedly having inappropriate sexual contact with one of his passengers.
Ezra Porter Jr. allegedly stopped his vehicle on April 19 in Bowie and engaged in inappropriate sexual contact with a woman before dropping her off at her residence, according to a written Metro statement.
Porter, 50, a resident of Upper Marlboro, was a driver for MV Transportation, which handles rides for MetroAccess under a contract that will last until June 30.
Metro Transit Police launched an investigation on April 19 after a family member of the victim called, reporting the incident. Porter was not allowed to conduct rides after police were notified of the alleged assault, according to the press release.
MetroAccess provides about 5,000 trips daily to the area’s physically and mentally disabled, and some elderly riders as well, said Philip Stewart, public information officer for METRO. He said no further details were available about the victim or the arrest.
Stewart said METRO requires MV Transportation to conduct criminal background checks of all employees prior to employment.
Stewart said after June 30 the company will only handle the MetroAccess Call Center and three other companies will handle providing the service.