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Cops: Ride service driver charged with sexually abusing passenger

The Lyft driver was charged with two counts of first-degree sexual abuse.

Hussein Saleh, 36, of Farmingville, is led out

Hussein Saleh, 36, of Farmingville, is led out of the Third Precinct in Bay Shore for arraignment at First District Court in Central Islip on Monday, Dec. 17, 2018.  Photo Credit: James Carbone

A ride service driver has been arrested on charges he sexually abused a passenger early Sunday morning in Central Islip, Suffolk police said. 

Hussein Saleh, a driver for Lyft, was charged with two counts of first-degree sexual abuse.  

At Saleh's arraignment Monday in First District Court in Central Islip, his case was adjourned until Friday with a temporary restraining order against him in place and bail set at $50,000 bond or $25,000 cash, according to court records.

Saleh, 36, of Woodmont Place in Farmingville, picked up two women early Sunday morning in Patchogue and abused the front-seat passenger during the drive, police said. Police did not describe the abuse.

One of the women called 911 from the vehicle and police responded at 3 a.m.

Saleh is being represented by Suffolk County Legal Aid.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story gave the incorrect hometown for Hussein Saleh.

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