According to Fox 4, a contracted medical transit driver has been accused of sexually assaulting a rider while employed with Big Star Transit located at 6060 N Central Expy, Dallas, TX 75206.
Police arrested DART contract driver Samson Assefa Lemma on Tuesday, June 14, 2022. While transporting a woman diagnosed with a mental disability to her job, the 44-year-old Big Star Transit driver allegedly covered the van's mandatory camera before sexually assaulting her.
According to DART, Lemma had previously transported the victim. The transportation company removed Lemma from his driving abilities and impounded his vehicle. He has been charged with aggravated sexual assault of a disabled person.
Attorney contributor Marc Lenahan is an experienced sexual assault lawyer who helps sex abuse victims and their families get the justice they deserve by filing a civil lawsuit. Recently Marc shared his thoughts on filing a sex abuse lawsuit for victims sexually assaulted by a transit driver.
"People do not expect medical transit drivers, who hold a position of power and trust to betray their confidence by committing sexual assault. While the vast majority of these contracted drivers are trustworthy individuals, there have been instances of transit drivers abusing their role to abuse vulnerable victims."
"When a medical transit driver is accused of sexual assault, the victims should report the abuse to law enforcement. This will initiate a criminal investigation that may lead to charges and sentencing. However, in some situations, victims may be able to pursue a civil action for the sexual assault. The contracted company that employed the driver could be held accountable for the abuse if certain safety safeguards, such as background checks, were not implemented. Furthermore, if the perpetrator had a history of misconduct, but the medical transportation company allowed him to continue driving, the company's negligence could be used against them in civil court. Victims and their families may learn more about their legal options for justice by speaking with an experienced sexual assault lawyer."