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Man accused of assaulting Lyft passenger appears in court

Posted at 4:52 PM, Nov 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-15 00:56:32-05

A Lyft driver accused of sexually assaulting a passenger at a Nipomo home pleaded not guilty Wednesday in court.

Jason Lamont Fenwick, 51, of Lompoc is charged with five counts: assault during the commission of a burglary, oral copulation of an intoxicated person, sexual penetration by a foreign object, burglary, and unlawful use of a concealed recording device.

According to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office, the assault happened on November 4. Sheriff’s officials say the victim told investigators she requested a Lyft driver because she was too drunk to drive herself home. She said the Lyft driver helped her inside the house, she passed out, and the driver assaulted her.

Fenwick is expected back in court on November 21.

According to the complaint filed against him, he could face up to life in state prison if convicted.

Jason Lamont Fenwick appears in a San Luis Obispo courtroom for his arraignment on Nov. 14, 2018. (KSBY photo)


The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office says because Fenwick was working as a Lyft driver, it’s possible there may be more victims. Anyone with information about other potential victims is urged to contact the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division at (805) 781-4500. For victim services, contact the District Attorney’s Christopher G. Money Victim Witness Assistance Center at (805) 781-5821.

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