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MetroAccess driver accused of assault

A driver for MetroAccess has been arrested on charges of sexually assaulting a female passenger in Montgomery County in August.

Samuel E. Kingston, 59, of Gaithersburg, was arrested Sunday and charged with third and fourth degree sex offenses and a second-degree assault, Metro Transit Police said. Kinston worked for Challenger Transportation, a subcontractor that provides MetroAccess service. The woman said Kinston sexually assaulted her Aug. 27.

Kingston is the fourth contract driver for MetroAccess, Metro's service for disabled people, to be charged with sexual assault this year.

Driver Tanveer Fayyaz is suspected to have fled the country after being charged with rape.

--Katherine Shaver

By Luke Rosiak  | September 9, 2010; 1:15 PM ET
Categories:  Metro, MetroAccess  
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What type of employment screening is required for Metro Access drivers?...or should I be asking what type of screening should be required?!!!

Posted by: 10bestfan | September 9, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Actually , the article noted that the suspect was employed by a subcontractor. Metro needs to screen all personel regardless; of course, somewhere there is buried some arcane law excluding employees of subcontractors. I would avoid this service all together.

Posted by: CubsFan | September 9, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Metro does not need to screen employees? Do you believe in Slavery?

Posted by: jiji1 | September 9, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

jiji1 wrote:
Metro does not need to screen employees?

ALL Metro employees, like employees at any other company, are subject to screening.
MetroAccess employees are NOT Metro employees and are screened by the company they work for. Metro would only screen to make sure they are qualified drivers.

10best fan wrote:
What type of employment screening is required for Metro Access drivers?

Employee screening is the responsibility of the contractor operating MetroAccess not Metro. Remember the contractor is providing vehicle transportation.

cubsfan wrote:
...suspect was employed by a subcontractor. Metro needs to screen all personel regardless...

Contractors personell are only screened to verify they can perform the work for which they were contracted. Companies like IBM, Computer Associates, Cubic Transportation System and other Fortune 500 companies are never going to allow a company to run employment screening on their employees nor would companies want to spend the money to screen people that have already been screened by their employer. Most of these compoanies will supply a resume if the company requested it. Besides what would you ask? Are you a pediphile? Will you sexual assault people? I don't know of a single company that asks such questions.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | September 9, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Oppressed minorities make up a disproportionate number of those who have been arrested or convicted of violent crimes, therefore screening for violent criminals is discriminatory.

Too many believe in reinstituting Slavery. This must stop.

Posted by: jiji1 | September 10, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

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