WRENTHAM (AP) — Prosecutors have dropped the rape case against an Uber driver who had been charged with sexually assaulting a passenger because the woman declined to testify and DNA evidence excluded the defendant as a suspect.

The Sun Chronicle reports that prosecutors dismissed the case against 33-year-old Melvin Guerrero-Encarnacion, of Lynn, “in the interest of justice.”

Melvin Guerrero-Encarnacion in Wrentham District Court in May. (WBZ-TV)

The woman told police she was raped by an Uber driver on a secluded side street in Wrentham in the early morning hours of April 28. The woman had been at a party in Franklin.

Robert Carmel-Montes, Guerrero-Encarnacion’s attorney, says his client is “relieved that he has been vindicated” but fears that his reputation has suffered.

Carmel-Montes says his client has worked for ride-hailing companies for five years without a complaint from thousands of customers.

Information from: The (Attleboro, Mass.) Sun Chronicle

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