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An Uber driver in Australia has been charged with raping a 16-year-old passenger

SYDNEY -- An Uber driver in Australia has been charged with raping a 16-year-old passenger, the second driver from the ride-sharing service to stand accused of sexually assaulting a passenger in the east coast city of Brisbane in a week.

Queensland Police said the 37-year-old man raped the teenager in his car on July 7. They did not release any other details of the incident.

The man applied for bail in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Friday, but it was refused because of the serious nature of the charge.

Local news agency Australian Associated Press said the alleged perpetrator, a father-of-two, moved from Britain to Australia 12 months ago on a permanent residency visa.

An Uber spokesman said the company had blocked the man's access to the ride-sharing app as soon as they learned of the allegations.

"The behavior described by Queensland Police is absolutely deplorable and our thoughts are with the woman and her family," he said.

Last week, another Uber driver, a 47-year-old, was charged with raping a young passenger three times.

The two incidents are not related, according to police.

Police Superintendent Mick O'Dowd said despite the two charges back to back, officials are currently not concerned about the safety of Uber.

"I don't think from the actions of two persons you could draw a conclusion it makes Uber any less safe," he told reporters in Brisbane.

"There are thousands of transports every day where people are collected and dropped at their destination without any problem at all."

Last month, a Pakistani Uber driver was sentenced to jail in Sydney for more than six years after a court found him guilty of raping a drunk female passenger when she fell asleep in his car.

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