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Man gets 9 to 10 for raping woman who got into car she thought was her Uber, but wasn't

A Suffolk Superior Court judge yesterday sentenced Imer Soto, 33, of Dorchester, to 9 to 10 years in state prison for raping a woman who got into a car she thought was her Uber ride home from the Black Rose on State Street in 2016, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Soto was convicted on Feb. 5 for an incident that started outside the Black Rose on Feb. 8, 2016, according to the DA's office:

When a car stopped in front of the Black Rose, the victim, believing it to be her ride, opened a passenger door. Soto was sitting in the back seat and pulled her into the vehicle and the operator of the car drove off. During the ride, Soto raped her. The woman managed to escape from the car and called a friend. She went to Massachusetts General Hospital where a sexual assault evidence kit was collected. Soto was identified through DNA analysis.

According to the DA's office three Uber drivers currently await trial on charges they raped women passengers after picking them up outside bars in 2018 and 2019. Also awating trial: A man who allegedly posed as an Uber driver to pick up a woman outside the Harp and rape her.

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Rider beware.

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I thought it was clear that he wasn’t her Uber but if you say so....

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What happened to the driver? I hope charges were also brought against them for facilitating the attack.

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I've e-mailed the DA's office to find out.

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I'm confused. If the dude was in the passenger seat, who was driving? Was 2 guys?

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It just seems to me that 9 years is a small price to pay for such a violent and premeditated crime which will affect the victim for her lifetime. But I don't know what punishment would be justified.
It is a difficult judgment.

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‘Nuff said

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That doesn't stop rape.

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The act of rape shatters a person. This sentence is absolutely wrong.

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I was thinking the exact same thing when I read the headline. I would love to hear some explanation from the sentencing judges.

The IRS agent's sentence was similarly outrageous.

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Something about automobiles makes some men feel entitled and rapey.

I bet there is a strong correlation between being a convicted rapist and car ownership.

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I bet there is a strong correlation between being a convicted rapist and car ownership.

(Emphasis added)

Privilege makes one less likely to be convicted, and, in general, people who own cars are likely to hold more privilege than people who don’t own cars.

I wouldn’t be surprised if the correlation was negative.

Not that this says anything about who rapes, only about who has the resources to work the legal system.

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