Uber driver worked while awaiting trial on 2 rapes

  

A Somerville man charged with two rapes more than a decade ago worked as an Uber driver while awaiting trial — despite spending more than a decade on the lam — and one ride-share critic said a fingerprint background check may have raised a red flag.

Yves C. Goin, 40, is accused of raping two women at Massachusetts Maritime Academy while he was a cadet there in the fall of 2002. He is set to go on trial in Barnstable Superior Court in August.

Scott Solombrino, spokesperson for Ride Safe Massachusetts, Coalition of Taxi and Livery Industry members, said the fingerprint test they are pushing for could have been beneficial in this case.

“This is a simple fix. We have asked the state of Massachusetts to institute fingerprinting, just as the city of New York does for the 20,000 transportation network company drivers operating there,” said Solombrino. “How many more rapes and assaults are the general public going to tolerate from these transportation companies?”

A spokesperson from Uber told the Herald last night, “Mr. Goin is not currently an active driver-partner on the Uber platform.”

Goin appeared before a Barnstable Superior Court judge Thursday for a pretrial hearing for the now 14-year-old case set to go to trial Aug. 15.

Jeremy Pollard, the director of business development at PT Research, a Manchester, N.H.-based company that specializes in employment screening and background checks, said using fingerprinting would have been more likely to alert Uber to the fact that Goin was wanted for rape.

“If an employer used the state police or did a fingerprinting type background check, they may have found that information and been able to report that to Uber,” Pollard said.

Uber and Lyft are against fingerprinting — as is done for taxi drivers in Boston. The Massachusetts Police Chiefs Association came out in favor of the measure this winter and the state Legislature is now debating the issue, but fingerprinting may not be in a final bill.

Goin was arraigned in Falmouth District Court on Oct. 29, 2002, on two rape charges, Tara Miltimore, a spokeswoman for the Cape and Islands District Attorney’s office confirmed. A pretrial conference was scheduled for Nov. 6 of that year, Miltimore added, but Goin failed to show up.

Authorities could not confirm his whereabouts for the next 12 years, but Miltimore said he was arrested in December of 2014 after an appointment to renew his passport at the office of American Citizens Services in Haiti. Goin was then transported to Miami, where two officers from Bourne Police Department picked him up and returned him to Falmouth District Court, she said.

Goin, who is free on $25,000 bail, declined comment to the Herald following the brief hearing on Thursday. His attorney, Matthew J. Schmitt, confirmed his client used to drive for Uber but would not comment on the case further.

 

By: Chris Villani

Via http://www.bostonherald.com/news/local_coverage/2016/04/uber_driver_worked_while_awaiting_trial_on_2_rapes

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