On Monday December 29, Chicago Police announced that formal charges had been filed against 30-year-old Maxime Fohounhedo, an Uber driver, for allegedly sexually assaulting a 22-year-old woman who called for the cab service back in November following a night out with friends.
According to the Business Insider, the victim had been drinking and requested the cab service at about 2:30 a.m. on November 16. Upon getting into the cab, she fell asleep. Fohounhedo then allegedly told her to sit in the front seat of the cab, as he was not familiar with the area of her destination. The woman claims that she was “super” drunk in a text to a friend, however she woke up in an apartment and found Fohounhedo on top of her. She told the friend she later texted to remind her to follow through to make certain this “never happens again.”
Assistant state’s attorney Robert Mack said that after the sexual assault, Fohounhedo drove the woman home in his cab and told her “I made you happy.” A news article at the Chicago Sun Times states that the woman sought medical treatment at Swedish Covenant Hospital, according to police.
Fohounhedo was charged with one count each of criminal sexual abuse and criminal sexual assault. His bail was set at $500,000 by Judge Peggy Chiampas.
In Illinois, there is no such crime as rape, however criminal sexual assault involves penetration, and is a Class 1 felony. If convicted, the offender will face a maximum a 15 years in prison and fines of up to $25,000. Registration as a sex offender is also a requirement.
In the state of Michigan, the same offense is known as first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Individuals found guilty of this offense will face a maximum term of life in prison, and in some cases, depending on the victim’s age and other factors, the mandatory minimum sentence the defendant must serve is 25 years.
The penalties for first-degree CSC in Michigan can be as serious as those incurred by individuals who are found guilty of committing murder. If you have been arrested or are under investigation, your freedom and future are at risk. Do not face prosecution without the legal guidance and support of a highly qualified Michigan sex crime attorney, who will work to reach positive results in your case.